VIRGO Trial - Heart Attack Study
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The study is called Variation In Recovery: Role of Gender on Outcomes of Young AMI Patients or (VIRGO). Sponsored by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, the principal investigator at Sentara is John E. Brush, M.D., F.A.C.C., cardiologist.

Description: Heart disease is a leading cause of death among young women — those who are 55 years and younger. Studies show young women who have heart attacks are twice as likely to die in the hospital as young men. The purpose of this study is to identify the differences contributing to heart attacks in men and women. By following the subjects enrolled in the study for a year after their heart attack, the study will evaluate any factors that may affect recovery from heart attack.

Trial status: The study is currently enrolling patients at about 100 sites around the United States.  Three Virginia heart centers are enrolling participants. In Hampton Roads, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Sentara Leigh Hospital are enrolling eligible patients. Sentara is among the top enrolling heart centers in the country for this study.

This trial will enroll 2,000 women and 1,000 men 18 to 55 years old who are hospitalized with a heart attack. For more information about the study and eligibility, visit

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