ARTICLE: Go Red for Women Strategically Focused Research Network: Summary of Findings and Network Outcomes

AUTHORS: Marie-Pierre St-Onge, Brooke Aggarwal, Matthew A Allison, Jeffrey S Berger, Sheila F Castañeda, Janet Catov, Judith S Hochman, Carl A Hubel, Sanja Jelic, David A Kass, Nour Makarem, Erin D Michos, Lori Mosca, Pamela Ouyang, Chorong Park, Wendy S Post, Robert W Powers, Harmony R Reynolds, Dorothy D Sears, Sanjiv J Shah, Kavita Sharma, Tanya Spruill, Gregory A Talavera, Dhananjay Vaidya

JOURNAL: J Am Heart Assoc. 2021 Feb;10(5):e019519. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.120.019519. Epub 2021 Feb 23.


The Go Red for Women movement was initiated by the American Heart Association (AHA) in the early 2000s to raise awareness concerning cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in women. In 2016, the AHA funded 5 research centers across the United States to advance our knowledge of the risks and presentation of CVD that are specific to women. This report highlights the findings of the centers, showing how insufficient sleep, sedentariness, and pregnancy-related complications may increase CVD risk in women, as well as presentation and factors associated with myocardial infarction with nonobstructive coronary arteries and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction in women. These projects were augmented by collaborative ancillary studies assessing the relationships between various lifestyle behaviors, including nightly fasting duration, mindfulness, and behavioral and anthropometric risk factors and CVD risk, as well as metabolomic profiling of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction in women. The Go Red for Women Strategically Focused Research Network enhanced the evidence base related to heart disease in women, promoting awareness of the female-specific factors that influence CVD.

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