(FG Trade/E+ via Getty Images) The COVID-19 pandemic produced no shortage of somber statistics. But for people who care about women’s health, one number about Hispanic women stood out. Their maternal mortality rate jumped sharply in 2020 – up 44% from the year before, according to the latest available data from the Centers for Disease…

Embryo culture dish used for in vitro fertilization. (Science Photo Library via Getty Images) Using a frozen embryo for in vitro fertilization may substantially raise the mother’s risk for pregnancy complications related to high blood pressure, new research suggests. The study, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, found fertilization with frozen embryos…

(Iryna Zastrozhnova/iStock via Getty Images) Women with a history of endometriosis may be more likely to have a stroke later in life than their peers with no history of the chronic inflammatory condition, new research finds. The study, published Thursday in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, suggested the higher risk may be due at…

(Kentaroo Tryman/Maskot via Getty Images) Exposure to man-made chemicals found in common household products and in soil, air, food and water may raise the risk for high blood pressure in middle-aged women, a new study suggests. The study found middle-aged women with higher blood concentrations of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, were 71% more…

(KidStock/Photodisc via Getty Images) A new study of a leading cause of heart attacks in pregnant and postpartum women offers insights on when the problem strikes, how it has been treated and how survivors might weigh the risks of becoming pregnant again. The condition – pregnancy-associated spontaneous coronary artery dissection, or P-SCAD – was until…

(Adene Sanchez/E+ via Getty Images) The rate of pregnancy-related high blood pressure disorders doubled in the U.S. between 2007 and 2019, according to new research that finds 1 in 5 births now results in such a disorder, a preterm delivery or a baby with low birth weight. The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of…

(Westend61 via Getty Images) More than one-third of people who have a clot removed from a major blood vessel in the brain after a stroke return to work within three months, according to a new study from Germany. But women were half as likely to do so as men. The study, published Thursday in the…

(Prostock-Studio/iStock via Getty Images) Following a Mediterranean-style diet during pregnancy may lower the risk for preeclampsia, a blood pressure-related complication that can be fatal, new research shows. The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found Black women, who are at higher risk for preeclampsia than their white peers, had the…

(Sebastian Kaulitzki/Science Photo Library, Getty Images) Women with high blood pressure conditions during pregnancy may face double the risk for kidney disease within several years after giving birth, according to a new study that finds the risk climbs to nearly fourfold for women who already had high blood pressure before pregnancy. The study, published Friday…

(blueshot/iStock, Getty Images) A category of infertility treatments growing in popularity among older women may increase the risk for complications, especially if the mother has pre-existing cardiovascular risk factors, according to new research. The study, which analyzed the risk for complications in women who conceived using assisted reproductive technology – ART – published Tuesday in…