Pregnancy and Blood Pressure Regulation - Research

Pregnancy and Blood Pressure Regulation - Research

We hope to learn more about the underlying causes of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy such as: PIH, Pre-Eclampsia, and HELLP Syndrome. The Institute for Exercise & Environmental Medicine is seeking women who are planning to become pregnant to participate in a research study.

The study is aimed at understanding how the brain controls blood pressure during the entire course of pregnancy.

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Exercise training program improves outcomes in postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome patients 11/30/2021

Exercise training program improves outcomes in postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome patients

Exercise training program improves outcomes in postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome patients An exercise training program worked better than a commonly used beta blocker, significantly improving -- even curing -- patients with a debilitating heart syndrome, according to new research.

Trial to determine if warm leg baths can reduce high blood pressure 11/29/2021

Trial to determine if warm leg baths can reduce high blood pressure

Trial to determine if warm leg baths can reduce high blood pressure Lower-leg heat therapy could be a way to lower blood pressure in women who do not respond to medications as well as men do.

11/18/2021

Are you, or do you know, a woman aged 60-85 years old?

The Women's Heart Health Laboratory at the IEEM is seeking participants for the study: "Chronic Lower Leg Heating for the Treatment of Hypertension in Older Women."

Learn more: https://www.texashealth.org/ieem/Research/Womens-Heart-Health-Laboratory/Current-Research-Opportunities#Spa

11/15/2021

Planning a pregnancy or currently pregnant?

If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study examining obstructive sleep apnea in pregnancy.

Learn more: https://www.texashealth.org/ieem/Research/Womens-Heart-Health-Laboratory/Current-Research-Opportunities#Pregnancy

11/09/2021

"Does your child complain of shortness of breath when they exercise?"

Our research study investigates breathing limitations, breathlessness on exertion and exercise intolerance in overweight children.

Learn more: https://www.texashealth.org/ieem/Research/Pulmonary-Physiology-Laboratory/Current-Research-Opportunities#breath

09/20/2021

The Women's Heart Health Laboratory at the IEEM supports the Pregnancy Research Project!

The 9 Best Exercises for Pregnant Women 06/13/2021

The 9 Best Exercises for Pregnant Women

The 9 Best Exercises for Pregnant Women The best and safest ways to break a sweat during pregnancy. Just be sure that however you choose to move, you pick something you enjoy.

06/13/2021

Saturday Women's Heart Health Laboratory research synopsis:

"Heightened Sympathetic Neural and Blood Pressure Responses to Cold Pressor Test in Women with PTSD"

Learn More:
https://www.texashealth.org/ieem/Research/Womens-Heart-Health-Laboratory

Timeline photos 06/11/2021

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Planning a pregnancy or currently pregnant?

If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study that examines obstructive sleep apnea in pregnancy (IRB# STU 062018-089). Learn more:

https://www.texashealth.org/ieem/Research/Womens-Heart-Health-Laboratory/Current-Research-Opportunities#Pregnancy

06/10/2021

"Neural control of blood pressure during pregnancy in humans"

Sarah L. Hissen & Qi Fu

Clinical Autonomic Research, Volume 30, pages 423–431 (2020). Learn more:

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10286-020-00703-3

06/09/2021

The Women's Heart Health Laboratory at the IEEM specifically seeks to understand why young women feel faint more than young men, how blood pressure is regulated during pregnancy, blood pressure control and hypertension differences in relation to sex and age, and sex differences in antihypertensive treatment. Learn more:

https://www.texashealth.org/ieem/Research/Womens-Heart-Health-Laboratory

06/09/2021

Meet our fellows!

Dr. Sarah L. Hissen, Ph.D.

Dr. Hissen is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Women’s Heart Health Laboratory at the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Learn more:

https://www.texashealth.org/ieem/Education/Postdoctoral-Fellows-Residents/Sarah-Hissen

POTS: Exercise with Qi Fu, MD, PhD 06/09/2021

POTS: Exercise with Qi Fu, MD, PhD

POTS: Exercise with Qi Fu, MD, PhD In this video Dr. Fu discusses the importance and type of exercise helpful for POTS patients based on research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medica...

05/07/2021
04/02/2021

"The international POTS registry: Evaluating the efficacy of an exercise training intervention in a community setting"

Stephen A. George, MD, PhD; Tiffany B. Bivens, MS; Erin J. Howden, PhD; Dianne Hendrickson, MS, APRN, FNP-C; Qi Fu, MD, PhD; Benjamin D. Levine, MD

https://www.heartrhythmjournal.com/article/S1547-5271(15)01527-1/fulltext
https://www.texashealth.org/ieem/Patient-Care/Syncope-and-Autonomic-Dysfunction-Clinic

The Levine Protocol: What It is and How It Helps POTS 04/02/2021

The Levine Protocol: What It is and How It Helps POTS

The Levine Protocol: What It is and How It Helps POTS A breakdown on what the Levine Protocol is and how it can help reduce POTS/Dysautonomia symptoms

03/07/2021

Keeping fit during pregnancy can be safe and enjoyable!

Learn more:

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/03/21/520951610/exercising-while-pregnant-is-almost-always-a-good-idea

03/07/2021

Saturday Women's Heart Health Laboratory research synopsis:

"Impaired Baroreflex Function during Rest and Graded Orthostasis in Women with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder"

https://www.texashealth.org/ieem/Research/Womens-Heart-Health-Laboratory

03/07/2021

Interested in research?

The Women's Heart Health Laboratory at the IEEM would like to talk with you! Learn more:

https://www.texashealth.org/ieem/Research/Womens-Heart-Health-Laboratory/Current-Research-Opportunities

03/04/2021

"Early onset neurocirculatory response to static handgrip is associated with greater blood pressure variability in women with posttraumatic stress disorder"

Jeung-Ki Yoo, Mark B. Badrov, Rosemary S. Parker, Elizabeth H. Anderson, Jessica L. Wiblin, Carol S. North, Alina Suris, and Qi Fu. Learn more:

https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpheart.00490.2019

03/03/2021

The Women’s Heart Health Laboratory at the IEEM specifically seeks to understand "why young women feel faint more than young men, how blood pressure is regulated during pregnancy, blood pressure control and hypertension differences in relation to sex and age, and sex differences in antihypertensive treatment. " Learn more:

https://www.texashealth.org/ieem/Research/Womens-Heart-Health-Laboratory

03/02/2021

Meet our faculty!

Dr. Qi Fu, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Women’s Heart Health Laboratory, IEEM. Learn more:

https://www.texashealth.org/ieem/Faculty/Qi-Fu
https://www.texashealth.org/ieem/Research/Womens-Heart-Health-Laboratory

03/19/2019

Meet the research associates of the IEEM!

Rosemary Parker, MA, MS, Senior Research Associate,
Women's Heart Health Laboratory, IEEM

http://www.ieemphd.org/bios/rosemary-parker-ma-ms
http://www.ieemphd.org/womens-heart-health-laboratory

It's now easier to email Pregnancy and Blood Pressure Regulation - Research 01/21/2019

It's now easier to email Pregnancy and Blood Pressure Regulation - Research

It's now easier to email Pregnancy and Blood Pressure Regulation - Research

Women's Heart Health Laboratory Q1 2019 01/16/2019

Women's Heart Health Laboratory Q1 2019

The Women's Heart Health Laboratory at the IEEM authors new video media! Watch here:

https://youtu.be/btXSD-8uIV4

Women's Heart Health Laboratory Q1 2019 Women's Heart Health Laboratory The focus of the Laboratory for Women’s Heart Health is neural and non-neural control of blood pressure in women across the l...

01/15/2019

Pregnancy Research Study - IRB# STU 012011-198

Planning on becoming pregnant? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study that examines how blood pressure is regulated throughout your pregnancy. Contact us today!

12/05/2018

Considering pregnancy? We would like to talk to you!

12/04/2018

Considering pregnancy? We would like to talk to you!

12/03/2018

Considering pregnancy? We would like to talk to you!

12/02/2018

Considering pregnancy? We would like to talk to you!

12/01/2018

Considering pregnancy? We would like to talk to you!

11/30/2018

Considering pregnancy? We would like to talk to you!

11/29/2018

Considering pregnancy? We would like to talk to you!

11/28/2018

Planning on becoming pregnant? We want to talk with you!

Women’s Heart Health Research

At the Institute for Exercise & Environmental Medicine, the Women’s Heart Health Research laboratory strives to make lasting relationships with women - before they become pregnant, during their pregnancy, as well as later life. Our goal is to understand how health changes over the course of time within the female population, and more specifically, how blood pressure is regulated differently than in men. Our research studies aim to understand how the brain controls blood pressure during pregnancy, as well as the effectiveness of therapeutic drugs for high blood pressure.

We are strongly invested in research to fight preeclampisa and other pregnancy related hypertensive disorders. Our main research study is solely to understand how the brain controls blood pressure throughout the pregnancy so that we can develop a clinically objective procedure that can predict hypertensive disorder before any clinical signs or symptoms appear. With hypertensive pregnancy disorders affecting 10% of all pregnant women in the United States, which can lead to the death of mom and baby, conducting this research is extremely important.

As mentioned, we also conduct research studies throughout the entire life span of a women.

As we age, the lining of our blood vessel properties change, which can lead to a change in how are blood pressure is regulated. One of our main purposes is to understand the mechanisms behind these changes.

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Pregnancy Research Study - IRB# STU 012011-198
Pregnancy Research Study - IRB# STU 012011-198

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7232 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX
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General information

Up to 10% of all pregnancies will be complicated by hypertensive disorders. Sadly, the mortality (death) rate for both mother and child can be extremely high! Why women develop these hypertensive disorders, such as: PIH, Pre-Eclampsia, and HELLP is still unclear. This study aims to understand how blood pressure is regulated throughout all stages of pregnancy.

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