(andresr/E+, Getty Images) Taking cholesterol-lowering drugs during chemotherapy for early-stage breast cancer may help protect older women from heart damage, new research shows. The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found women in their late 60s and 70s who took statins while receiving chemotherapy medicines known as anthracyclines were half…

(RyanJLane/E+, Getty Images) The hearts of female athletes adapt differently to the rigors of sports training compared to their male peers, according to a new study that could change the way doctors evaluate women’s heart health. “Athlete’s heart” describes physical and electrical changes, or remodeling, to the heart as a result of intense training. While…

(Oleksandra Bezverkha/iStock, Getty Images) How a woman feels about her roles at home and at work during midlife can affect several factors that influence her heart health, new research shows. The study, published Friday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found women who felt more stressed at their jobs or in their roles…

(American Heart Association) Lea en español Women are less likely than men to receive CPR from a bystander. But why? The reluctance, new research suggests, may be fueled by worries of being accused of sexual assault or doing physical harm. Knowing people’s secret fears is the first step to dispelling them, experts say. The insights…

(kupicoo/E+, Getty Images) White women who experience early menopause are three times more likely to also experience heart trouble at a younger age than their peers who undergo menopause later in life, new research shows. The study compared heart disease risk in white and Black women who underwent menopause before age 40 with those who…

(Ponchai Soda/EyeEm, Getty Images) A transient ischemic attack, often called a mini-stroke, usually doesn’t last long or cause permanent damage. But it still needs medical attention, because it may be warning of a future stroke that can have dire consequences. Research has shown women are less likely than men to be diagnosed with TIAs, and…

(dragana991/iStock, Getty Images) The percentage of heart attack survivors who experienced another one within a year fell between 2008 and 2017, according to research showing the greatest overall decline was in women. Yet, a separate new survey of women shows heart disease awareness also has dipped over the past decade among those younger than 65….

(Klaus Vedfelt/DigitalVision, Getty Images) Young women are more likely than their male peers to have a stroke, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed a claims database of insured people in the United States from 2001 to 2014, tallying the number of ischemic, or clot-caused, strokes based on hospital admissions. People with a history of stroke…

(FreeSoulProduction/iStock, Getty Images) Pregnant women with preeclampsia are far more likely to develop heart failure later in life than those who don’t have blood pressure-related pregnancy complications, especially if it occurs during more than one pregnancy, new research finds. The study of more than half a million Norwegian women, published Monday in American Heart Association…

A strength-training class at Boston-based HealthWorks Community Fitness in 2019. (Photo by Kelsey Converse Photography) After more than a decade of driving a Boston city bus, Lorene Thomas was exhausted, overweight and depressed. “Sitting in that seat all the time, I gained weight and had high blood pressure,” Thomas said. The 64-year-old also felt traumatized…