Actress Susan Lucci. (Photo courtesy of Justice Apple) Women face unique health challenges. Here are the top 5 stories that dug deeper than cardiovascular disease alone, ranked in order of unique page views. 1. Susan Lucci’s new stent and renewed mission for women’s heart health Three years ago, soap opera legend Susan Lucci was treated…

(alvarez/E+ via Getty Images) It’s standard practice to monitor a woman’s blood pressure during pregnancy and immediately after childbirth. But new research at one medical center suggests the condition could be missed in some new mothers with no history of high blood pressure if the practice ends after six weeks. The study, published Tuesday in…

(NataliaDeriabina/iStock via Getty Images) A popular type of fertility treatment is associated with increased risk for serious cardiovascular complications in women at the time of delivery, longer hospital stays and higher hospitalization costs, new research finds. “It’s not necessarily that reproductive technologies are causing the cardiac complications,” said Dr. Erin Michos, senior author of the…

(Leonidas Santana/iStock via Getty Images) Lea en español It turns out that many of the lifestyle behaviors that help fight off breast cancer in women also can help them avoid heart disease. Think of it as a “double win,” said cardiologist Dr. Ana Barac, director of the cardio-oncology program at MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute…

(FG Trade/E+ via Getty Images) Lea en español 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…

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…