Cardiovascular disease in women: Insights from magnetic resonance imaging

Chiara Bucciarelli-Ducci, Ellen Ostenfeld, Lauren A. Baldassarre, Vanessa M. Ferreira, Luba Frank, Kimberly Kallianos, Subha V. Raman, Monvadi B. Srichai, Elisa McAlindon, Sophie Mavrogeni, Ntobeko A.B. Ntusi, Jeanette Schulz-Menger, Anne Marie Valente, Karen G. Ordovas

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The presentation and identification of cardiovascular disease in women pose unique diagnostic challenges compared to men, and underrecognized conditions in this patient population may lead to clinical mismanagement. This article reviews the sex differences in cardiovascular disease, explores the diagnostic and prognostic role of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) in the spectrum of cardiovascular disorders in women, and proposes the added value of CMR compared to other imaging modalities. In addition, this article specifically reviews the role of CMR in cardiovascular diseases occurring more frequently or exclusively in female patients, including Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, connective tissue disorders, primary pulmonary arterial hypertension and peripartum cardiomyopathy. Gaps in knowledge and opportunities for further investigation of sex-specific cardiovascular differences by CMR are also highlighted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number71
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 28 2020


  • Cardiovascular magnetic resonance
  • Chemotherapy-induced cardiomyopathy
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Connective tissue disease
  • Female cardiovascular disease
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Non-ischemic cardiomyopathies
  • Peripartum cardiomyopathy
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Turner syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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