Department of Pediatrics

Chagas Cardiomyopathy


Chagas Cardiomyopathy Study


The goal of this study is to determine the prevalence of Chagas disease in patients presenting with dilated cardiomyopathy to three large acute care hospitals in Houston to assess the clinical impact of this infection and risk factors for acquiring the disease. This collaborative project is being done with our community partners at Michael E DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, CHI St Luke’s Health, and Harris Health System. The public health impact of this study is considerable as it will critically impact the clinical understanding of Chagas disease on cardiovascular health in Texas, with an opportunity to identify high risk populations to target for prevention and intervention efforts.

If you or your doctor want to know more about the study please contact Dr. Melissa Garcia at or (832) 824-1317.


Cardiac Manifestations of Chagas Disease in Texas Blood Donors

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