Four collaborative projects researching heart disease in women will focus on fasting, meditation, estrogen levels and the psychology of exercise, the American Heart Association announced Wednesday.
Women have been historically underrepresented in heart disease research and the projects are a way to remedy that.
“We’re trying to make up time that was missed when only men were being studied,” said Sally Soter, who is a heart disease survivor. “More nationalities, including Hispanics and Asian-Americans, are being studied. It’s wonderful that the research is looking at a cross-section of diverse women — and it’s wonderful to be able to help by participating financially in making the research possible.”