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Portrait of young woman wearing a protective mask laying in recliner chair receiving a blood transfusion
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Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. And according to the American Red Cross, a single donation can save up to three lives. On June 14, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) joins the World Health Organization (WHO) in observing World Blood Donor Day. Simone Glynn, M.D., M.P.H., chief of the Blood Epidemiology and...
Man using handheld breathing device for measuring lung function remotely.
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Last year as the COVID-19 pandemic began to intensify, many patients with the debilitating genetic disease, cystic fibrosis, faced a difficult challenge. Because the disease damages the lungs and makes it hard to breathe, these patients needed in-hospital tests to measure how well their lungs were working. But many also were on drugs that reduce...
Katie Goff, who lives with POTS, and her dog Luna
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When Katie Goff was a freshman in college, she began to suffer a myriad of seemingly unrelated symptoms – respiratory infections, heartburn, headaches, fatigue, insomnia, and relentless nausea. Visits to the doctor didn’t seem to help. At one visit, the doctor told her she had allergies. At another, she was given a prescription for an...
Black mother leaning in close to her son’s face, while he looks up at her.
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When Joia Crear-Perry, M.D., an obstetrician and gynecologist, found “ African American descent” listed by cardiovascular experts as a risk factor for postpartum heart disease , she realized even advocates like her were doing something wrong, and that the media was amplifying the error. With the U.S. maternal health crisis gripping public attention...
Doctor listens to baby’s heartbeat with stethoscope while examining pregnant woman.
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Sleep apnea, obesity, race among the risk factors for pregnancy-related complications During the last few decades, maternal deaths — long considered a critical marker of the health of a nation — have been declining in much of the world. But in the United States, the maternal death rate has increased an estimated 58% since 1990. The increase has...
3D-rendering of man’s chest showing a heart with evidence of heart disease.
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For decades, the NHLBI has aggressively studied heart failure – a chronic, debilitating condition that develops when the heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. Heart failure affects more than 6.5 million adults in the United States alone and continues to be a growing public health threat, largely because of an aging population and...
3D rendering of the coronavirus heart damage process.  CREDIT: Shutterstock
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In the early months of the pandemic, alarms sounded after doctors noticed that people with heart disease were faring a lot worse than others who had contracted COVID-19. Almost a year later, researchers are still pondering why these patients get sicker and die at higher rates. But they’re now puzzling over an arguably bigger mystery: why some who...
Female doctor holding a red heart close up
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Taking small steps to move more, eat more fruits and veggies, and sleep well supports cardiovascular health You’ve heard it before: when you move more, eat well, and get good sleep, not only do you build a stronger body and healthier heart, you reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease, a leading cause of death in the United States. But how can...
shot of a confident female doctor checking the blood pressure of a pregnant patient at a hospital during the day.
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Fast timing and treatment strengthen health outcomes for women with severe pregnancy complications During the 10 years she was a nurse working with pregnant women at an Alexandria, Virginia hospital, Sacha Han, B.S.N., R.N., and her colleagues were forever on alert. “I set timers on my phone,” Han recalled. If a woman’s systolic blood pressure...
collage of healthy habits, sleeping, eating healthy, and someone taking their blood pressure.
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New global data analysis highlights the urgency of translating research into practice Over the last 30 years, deaths and disability from cardiovascular disease have been steadily rising across the globe . In 2019 alone, the condition, which includes heart disease and stroke, was responsible for a staggering one-third of all deaths worldwide. Then...