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Arnold School of Public Health

Women's Vascular Health Lab

Our lab's goal is to better understand the development of heart disease in women and interrupt the development of heart disease in women with targeted interventions.

Research Participants Needed

We are looking for volunteers from the community to participate in our ongoing studies, funded by the American Heart Association and the U of SC Center for Dietary Supplements and Inflammation.  You might qualify for both studies!


Renal correlates of vascular function in women after pregnancy
We are looking for women who had a singleton birth 6 months – 3 years ago to participate in a single visit study. We will measure blood pressure, the stiffness of the arteries, and perform a test of forearm blood vessel reactivity. All testing includes a blood draw and occurs before noon. We will ask you to fill out surveys about your physical activity, sedentary behavior, diet, and medical history. The visit lasts about 75 minutes. Participants receive free parking and $50.

Dietary supplements for blood vessel health after adverse pregnancy outcomes

We are looking for women who had a singleton birth 6 months – 3 years ago that was complicated by preeclampsia, hypertension, preterm birth, or low birthweight delivery to participate in a clinical trial study.  We will measure blood pressure, the stiffness of the arteries, and perform a test of forearm blood vessel reactivity.  All testing includes a blood draw and occurs before noon.  We will ask you to fill out surveys about your physical activity, sedentary behavior, diet, opinions about dietary supplements, and medical history. The visit lasts about 75 minutes. Participants receive free parking and $50. 

Then you will be randomized to take a commercially available over the counter supplement (we provide the supplement) for 1 month or asked to be in the control group and maintain your usual habits for 1 month. All participants will come back 1 month after the first visit to repeat measurements. The visit lasts about 75 minutes. Participants receive free parking and $50.



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