Northwestern Medicine Cardiologist Awarded American Heart Association Grant to Study Post-Menopausal Women and Heart Failure
Shah studies heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, a common but complex and little understood heart condition for which there are no proven effective therapies to prevent or treat. The American Heart Association calls it “arguably one of the most significant unmet needs in cardiovascular medicine.”
Shah is director of the Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction Program at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, a top-ten nationally ranked cardiac and cardiac surgery program at Northwestern Medicine.
Through the grant, Shah will be working with other investigators at Johns Hopkins University as part of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Research Network, comprised of five research centers that make up the newest AHA Strategically Focused Research Networks. Each research institution is focused on a specific area of heart disease and/or stroke, and each was awarded approximately $4 million dollars.
The American Heart Association grant will allow Dr. Shah to leverage his leading HFpEF clinical program (the first of its kind worldwide) to study the molecular underpinnings behind this disease in older, post-menopausal women, who are often overlooked and ignored. In addition, Shah’s grant will include 2 small clinical trials of novel treatment options for these patients. If successful, these clinical trials could be expanded to larger numbers of patients and may change the way we women with HFpEF are treated, allowing them to live healthier, longer lives.