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Heart Disease Research

Heart Disease and Women

About 2 million postmenopausal women in the U.S. suffer from heart failure, defined as inadequate ability of the heart to function. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S., taking more lives than cancer. And almost two-thirds of the women who die suddenly of heart disease have no previous symptoms. 

We know that women’s experiences with heart disease—from symptoms to outcomes—have been shown to be distinct from men’s. Nonetheless, women continue to be under-represented in clinical trials. Only 24 percent of participants in all heart-related studies are women, leaving us with many unanswered questions.

To fill the gap in knowledge, cardiovascular disease in women needs to be studied. At the Center for Women’s Health Research, we’re pursuing the research necessary to uncover key insights and improve the quality of life enjoyed by women, their families, and their communities.

To learn more about specific research projects, visit the researchers section of this site.

The CWHR is moving the needle on heart disease research in women. CWHR Director, Dr. Judy Regensteiner, worked with experts on the American Heart Association's recently-released scientific statement on "Preventing and Experiencing Ischemic Heart Disease as a Woman​".