(Oscar Wong/Moment, Getty Images) Black women are most likely to develop a severe form of high blood pressure during pregnancy called preeclampsia, a new study shows. But Asian and Pacific Islander women may have the highest risk for developing cardiovascular complications from the condition. The study, published Tuesday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension,…

(SDI Productions/E+, Getty Images) Early menopause could mean an increased risk of stroke caused by blocked blood vessels, according to a new study. Yet for each year of menopause delay, stroke risk fell by 2%. Stroke is the second-leading cause of death worldwide, and women have a 4% higher lifetime stroke risk than men. Some…

(Thomas Barwick/Stone, Getty Images) Less than half of U.S. women entering pregnancy have good heart health, and those rates are falling, according to new research. Experts already knew poor heart health can have dire consequences for mothers-to-be. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of a mother’s death during pregnancy and postpartum, making up 26.5% of…

(Cavan Images, Getty Images) It’s not surprising that babies born prematurely may face more health issues than those who were carried to term. But new research suggests the same may apply to their mothers. A study published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation showed women who delivered babies preterm had a higher risk…

(damircudic/E+, Getty Images) Soaring blood pressure. A racing heartbeat. Trouble sleeping. Excessive worrying. Difficulty concentrating. These are warning signs of out-of-control stress and anxiety, and their roots could begin long before you might think. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in the United States, affecting nearly 1 in 5 adults, or 40…

(Nadzeya_Dzivakova/iStock, Getty Images) Men and women are different. This might sound like the opening to a comedy routine, but scientific understanding of the significance of those differences – and how to study them – evolved slowly in recent decades. Researchers who have been part of historic investigations say science had to overcome its own blind…

(Betsie Van Der Meer/Stone, Getty Images) Eating more plant protein and less red meat may lower a woman’s risk of dying from dementia, heart disease and other causes, new research shows. The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found postmenopausal women who got more of their protein from plants such…

(Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/DigitalVision, Getty Images) Being Black and pregnant in the U.S. was already a risky combination, and health experts now worry the pandemic is making things worse. Before the pandemic, Black women were three times more likely than Hispanic women and 2.5 times more likely than white women to die from causes linked…

(Shidlovski/iStock, Getty Images) Medical science has come a long way since the days of “bikini medicine,” when the only time doctors managed a woman’s health differently than a man’s was when treating the parts of her body found under a bikini. Over the past few decades, researchers have uncovered countless ways in which women’s and…

Her condition diagnosed and controlled, Danielle Collins heads into 2021 healthier than ever. (Photo by Brian James Photography) Danielle Collins couldn’t understand it. Like all professional athletes, she knew her body. She knew the feeling of the routine wear and tear of playing tennis, and she knew the agony of a serious injury. This didn’t…