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...
NHLBI Director Gary H. Gibbons, M.D. and NIMHD Director Dr. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D., have been nominated to receive the 2021 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal, which honors outstanding federal government service.
A retrospective review of 137,389 women who delivered a child between 2009-2014 found different clinical guidelines for hypertension, or high blood pressure, helped identify additional women at risk for pregnancy complications.
After following about 5,000 young adults for 30 years, researchers found high blood pressure levels helped predict future stroke incidents. Black men and women had a four-times greater prevalence of stroke, even among study participants with normal blood pressure levels.
After studying 1,022 patients hospitalized for COVID-19, researchers created three categories – adverse, moderate, and favorable – that described their clinical outcomes. More research is necessary to evaluate how these models may inform medical practice.
An international study found cardiovascular function helped identify adults with congenital heart disease who were more likely to experience COVID-19 complications. Male sex, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease were other determinants.
Researchers examine shared risks factors for cardiovascular disease and cancer among 20,000 middle-aged adults over a 15-year period. They found a link between a heart-healthy lifestyle and a reduced risk of cancer.