Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans. Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) scientists are working to understand how to reduce our risk of heart attacks, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases throughout life.
Addressing risk factors, improving diagnosis, and exploring how medications, genes, and everyday life affect our cardiovascular health at different ages and stages are central to this work — as is translating research findings into practical, personalized care.
“We’ve found that helping patients and health care teams work together on personalized care plans is the best path to lifelong heart health,” says Beverly B. Green, MD, MPH, whose recent work has focused on improving the diagnosis of high blood pressure.
Additional focus areas for KPWHRI scientists include exploring the impact of cardiovascular diseases on other health conditions — and vice versa. Recently, this has led researchers Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD, and Laura B. Harrington, PhD, MPH, to investigate the impact of COVID-19 on cardiovascular health.
Below are other research highlights from KPWHRI’s cardiovascular health scientists (please visit their bios to learn more):
JaKa M, Bergdall A, Beran MS, Solberg L, Green BB, Andersen J, Kodet A, Norman S, Haugen P, Crain L, Trower N, Sharma R, Rehrauer D, Maeztu C, Margolis K. Reach in a pragmatic hypertension trial: A critical RE-AIM component. Contemp Clin Trials. 2022 Aug 24;106896. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2022.106896. Online ahead of print. PubMed
Margolis KL, Crain AL, Green BB, O'Connor PJ, Solberg LI, Beran M, Bergdall AR, Pawloski PA, Ziegenfuss JY, JaKa MM, Appana D, Sharma R, Kodet AJ, Trower NK, Rehrauer DJ, McKinney Z, Norton CK, Haugen P, Anderson JP, Crabtree BF, Norman SK, Sperl-Hillen JM. Comparison of explanatory and pragmatic design choices in a cluster-randomized hypertension trial: effects on enrollment, participant characteristics, and adherence. Trials. 2022 Aug 17;23(1):673. doi: 10.1186/s13063-022-06611-3. PubMed
Lemaitre RN, Jensen PN, Zeigler M, Fretts AM, Umans JG, Howard BV, Sitlani CM, McKnight B, Gharib SA, King IB, Siscovick DS, Psaty BM, Sotoodehnia N, Totah RA. Plasma epoxyeicosatrienoic acids and diabetes-related cardiovascular disease: the cardiovascular health study. EBioMedicine. 2022 Aug 2;83:104189. doi: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2022.104189. Online ahead of print. PubMed
Lidstrom SC, Wiggins KL, Harrington LB, McKnight B, Blondon M, Smith NL. Incident thrombus location and predicting risk of recurrent venous thromboembolism. Res Pract Thromb Haemost. 2022 26;6(5):e12762. doi: 10.1002/rth2.12762. eCollection 2022 Jul. PubMed
Zhang X, Lucas AM, Veturi Y, Drivas TG, Bone WP, Verma A, Chung WK, Crosslin D, Denny JC, Hebbring S, Jarvik GP, Kullo I, Larson EB, Rasmussen-Torvik LJ, Schaid DJ, Smoller JW, Stanaway IB, Wei WQ, Weng C, Ritchie MD. Large-scale genomic analyses reveal insights into pleiotropy across circulatory system diseases and nervous system disorders. Nat Commun. 2022 Jun 14;13(1):3428. doi: 10.1038/s41467-022-30678-w. PubMed
Senior Investigator, ACT Center
Principal Collaborative Scientist
James Floyd, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology
University of Washington
Susan Heckbert, MD, PhD
University of Washington (UW) Department of Epidemiology; UW Cardiovascular Health Research Unit
Nicholas L. Smith, PhD, MPH
UW Professor, Epidemiology, Cardiovascular Health Research Unit
Director, Seattle Epidemiology and Information Resource Center, VA Puget Sound Health Care System