(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…