Latest Research in Women's Health

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Why We Focus Research on Women

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, killing one woman about every 80 seconds.

Such an aggressive disease requires an equally aggressive response.

That’s why the American Heart Association has invested more than $4.6 billion in research that:

  • Increases our knowledge and understanding about heart disease and stroke; and
  • Makes the association the largest funder of heart disease and stroke research, second only to the U.S. government.

Doctors rely on research to inform the work they do to help you — the patient — prevent and treat heart disease and stroke.

There has been progress, but in 2020, only 38% of clinical trial participants are women. We’re working every day to change that number.

There are significant biological differences between men and women, and research should reflect those differences. That’s why the AHA is committed to funding research focused on women.


There are significant biological differences between men and women, and research should reflect those differences.

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Together, we can unlock the power of science to find new ways to treat, beat and prevent heart disease in all women.

Strategically Focused Research Network

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The Go Red for Women SFRN is studying a range of topics in women, including stress, sedentary behavior, poor sleep, pregnancy and heart failure.

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Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women. Learn more about the critical need for more research to help save more women’s lives.

Latest Research

Women, the Flu Vaccine and COVID-19

Nov 10, 2020

Getting vaccinated is an important way to help lessen the ‘twindemic’ of flu season and COVID-19. Dr. Sally Haskell of the Veterans Health Administration is passionate about telling everyone to get vaccinated this flu season.

Keeping Kids Healthy at Home During Coronavirus

Sep 16, 2020

A pressing concern like a global pandemic can quickly overshadow other important health challenges facing families. One is the issue of childhood obesity, a problem the slower pace of life brought on by COVID-19 could exacerbate.

Insomnia May Significantly Raise Stroke Risk

Nov 13, 2019

Insomnia may significantly increase stroke risk, particularly for younger people. The risk of stroke may be much higher in people with insomnia compared to those who don’t have trouble sleeping, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Exercise Could Lower High Blood Pressure Risk

Dec 22, 2018

Physical activity specifically in your leisure time could help keep your blood pressure at a healthy level, new research in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension suggests.

Pregnancy and Heart Disease

Nov 28, 2018

The American Heart Association recommends scheduling a “pre-pregnancy” evaluation with your primary doctor and cardiologist to discuss any concerns you may have connected to pregnancy and heart disease.

Menopause Drug May Increase Blood Clot Risk

Nov 26, 2018

A common estrogen therapy drug used in the treatment of menopause may be linked to an increased risk of blood clots, according to a 2017 study of post-menopausal women.

African-American Risk Detection Increases

Nov 26, 2018

Doctors can now calculate cardiovascular risk in African-Americans for the first time ever. The new equations offer greater accuracy in predicting the chances of heart attack or stroke in African-Americans, whose risk levels are higher than whites.