News on Heart and Vascular Diseases

Woman's hand with rash indicating psoriasis.
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News Release
Psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory skin disease, has long been known to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attack and stroke. Now, researchers have identified a key culprit: the presence of metabolic syndrome (MetSyn), a condition that includes obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension, and is highly...
Marilyn Gaston and Gayle Porter embracing.
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Research Feature
Two doctors point the way to better heart health for midlife black women Spend a little time with Marilyn Gaston, M.D., and Gayle Porter, Psy.D., and it’s not hard to guess they’ve been pals for a long time—42 years to be exact. They finish each other’s sentences, can tell you everything about the other’s family and friends. They even live together...
Group of hands holding red ribbon stop drugs and HIV/AIDS awareness
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Research Features
Chris Camp recalls the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, when being diagnosed as HIV positive was considered a virtual death sentence. Doctors had no medications that could really help. People with the disease often did not survive more than a year or two. Camp, now 63, says he personally lost more than 500 friends. Among them: his first husband...
Girl and doctor with stethoscope listening to heartbeat
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News Release
Results from NIH-funded trial could extend patients’ well-being Teenagers born with a single working ventricle of the heart—a rare defect that cannot be completely corrected—showed a significant improvement in their ability to sustain moderate exercise after treatment with udenafil, a drug that helps improve blood flow, according to a new study...
Pregnant woman at doctor's office having pressure measured.
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Research Feature
If a woman is pregnant and chronic high blood pressure is seriously high, doctors typically don’t debate what to do. They treat it—and fast—mainly to minimize the risk for strokes and other potentially deadly cardiovascular events. But what if the woman’s chronic high blood pressure is considered, well, mild—say, less than 160/105 mm Hg? As it...
pregnant woman sleeping
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Research Feature
Poor sleep may seem like a normal fallout of pregnancy, but research shows it can be a pernicious problem, with long-term ill effects on a woman’s cardiovascular health. Pregnant women who suffer from sleep-disordered breathing, particularly sleep apnea, are at higher risk for both gestational diabetes and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, the...