Window Study

“The placenta as a window to microvascular disease risk”

The Magee-Womens Research Institute and the University of Pittsburgh’s American Heart Association “Go Red for Women” Research Center investigates how stress signals from pregnancy, as may be measured in blood or urine, or by looking for vascular or placental pathology, can be used to gain insight about the unique causes of cardiovascular disease (CVD) of women in later life. Our research projects focus on responses of small blood vessels (the microvasculature) to the stresses of pregnancy and placenta-related pregnancy disorders which may reveal pathways of CVD in certain women in the years after delivery.

To learn more about cardiovascular health for women, you can visit the American Heart Association’s website for the Go Red for Women. Learn what you can do to stay healthy.


You may be eligible for the study if you delivered a baby at Magee-Womens Hospital between 2008-2009.


Contact information for study visit: If you have questions or need to change your appointment, please call the Window Study office at 412-641-4037. Please call as soon as possible if you are unable to keep your appointment.

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