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 $4.8 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.

You Can Make A Difference

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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 Fare Worse Than Men After Heart Attack

Nov 21, 2018

Women age 55 or younger may fare worse than their male counterparts after having a heart attack, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions.

Positive Patients Exercise Live Longer

Nov 20, 2018

Heart disease patients with positive attitudes are more likely to exercise and live longer, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Anxiety Linked to Long Term Stroke Risk

Nov 20, 2018

The greater the anxiety level, the higher risk of having a stroke, according to research published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke from December 2013.