Women’s Cardiovascular Science Center
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
Sunday, November 10, 2019 Roshini Rajkumar led a roundtable conversation about women’s heart health on her WCCO radio show, “Real Talk with Roshini”. The segment featured MHI physician and MHIF researcher Dr. Retu Saxena, who spoke about the disparities in women’s heart health and the establishment of MHIF’s Women’s Cardiovascular Science Center, which is committed to improving women’s health outcomes and addressing the need to #ResearchHer.
Research has shown that OB-GYNs are the primary care providers for a large percentage of women, particularly young minority women. The Broadening the Role of OB-GYNs in Assessing Cardiovascular Health (BROACH) initiative 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 Grand Rounds lectures
Emerging Science Center
MHIF is uniquely positioned to become a national leader in the prevention, detection and treatment of heart and vascular disease in women.
MHIF has several enrolling clinical trials. If you are interested in participating in clinical research, browse the currently enrolling studies and search by condition.
The Women’s Heart Health Team is comprised of physicians, nurse practioners, nurses, dietitians and research staff.