Women’s Heart Health
Join us to advance the understanding of heart and vascular disease in women, how to prevent it and how to optimize heart health.
Our efforts will be realized through cutting edge research, clinical care and community programming.
Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death of women, claiming one in three women’s lives. Understanding your risks of CVD and knowing the symptoms may save your life. Don’t be alarmed, just be aware!
- Compared to men, women are less likely to receive optimal therapies, innovations and rehabilitation.
- Women are underrepresented in clinical research.
- For many women, it can be all too easy to focus on others while putting their own needs aside. That tendency can impact a woman’s health, especially the health of her heart. Family and friends can help women take care of themselves and their heart health.
WCCO interviewed Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation researcher, Dr. Elizabeth Grey, about a certain type of heart attack that is striking a growing number of women in their late 30s and 40s. It’s called SCAD — spontaneous coronary artery dissection. Dr. Grey states, “They are different from a typical heart attack…there is a spontaneous tear in an artery that is apparently healthy.” She goes on to say that this type of heart attack can affect women as young as 20 and as old as 80. Research is currently looking at predisposition and prevention.
For parents expecting a baby, excitement and uncertainty are a normal part of the journey. For new parents Jamie and David, however, they never imagined the situation they would face. When Jamie was 31 weeks pregnant with their son Carson, they learned that not only did she need to give birth via C-section nine weeks early, but simultaneously undergo open heart surgery to replace a heart valve and save her life.
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News & Events
MHIF is proud to be the presenting sponsor for Twin Cities in Motion's Valentine’s Day TC 5K again this year! Walk or run with us on February 9, 2019! This year's race will help raise awareness for women's heart health research.
Take Symptoms Seriously
Typical symptoms in both women and men:
Pain, pressure, squeezing or stabbing pain in the chest
Pain radiating to neck, shoulder, back, arm or jaw
Pounding heart, change in rhythm
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Heartburn, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain
Cold sweats or clammy skin
Weakness, unusual tiredness or anxiety
Lightheadedness or dizziness
If you have any symptoms, call 911.
The Broadening the Role of OB-GYNs in Assessing Cardiovascular Health (BROACH) initiative aims to educate younger women – and the provider they see most often, an OB-GYN – about recognizing and treating cardiovascular risk.
Research has shown that OB-GYNs are the primary care providers for a large percentage of women, particularly young minority women. BROACH aims to increase the number of women receiving cardiovascular risk factor screening at their annual OB-GYN visits by identifying the tools, resources and education needs identified from both the provider and patient perspective.
Publications & Lectures
Read MHIF published research articles & papers as well as view women’s heart health related Grand Rounds lectures
Registry for Patients with Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection
Revascularization-Based Strategy and Subsequent Outcomes
among Patients with Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection
Presenting as ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (SCAD-STEMI)
Stress Cardiomyopathy (SCM) Database
Recurrent Takotsubo Syndrome: Frequency, Patient Profile and Outcomes
Reverse Cardiac Remodeling in Takotsubo Syndrome
Stress Cardiomyopathy and Impact of Psychosocial Aspects on
Outcomes and Recurrence