Young black women have lower microvascular function across the menstrual cycle

Microvascular function, which is the measurement of how healthy the arteries are throughout a person’s body, is lower in Black women compared to white women throughout the menstrual cycle, according to researchers at the University of Delaware. This suggests that regardless of when participants were tested during their cycle, Black women had a lower blood flow response, indicating less dilation of the small blood vessels in their legs. Researchers believe this is likely one of the contributing factors to increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in Black women, and noted this was detected even in young, otherwise healthy women. The study is published ahead of print in the Journal of Applied Physiology and has been chosen as an APSselect article for January.

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