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UW-Madison's Barnes publishes new article in Hypertension journal

December 05, 2017

UW-Madison’s Jill Barnes is the lead author of a recently published paper in the American Heart Association's Hypertension journal.

Jill Barnes
Barnes
Barnes, an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, heads the Barnes Lab within the Bruno Balke Biodynamics Laboratory, where she investigates potential risk factors and links for both cardiovascular disease and dementia.

Among the co-authors on the paper are Ronée E. Harvey, an MD and Ph.D. student Barnes worked with at the Mayo Clinic and Kathleen Miller, a Ph.D. student with the Department of Kinesiology and a member of the Barnes Lab.

The paper is titled, "Cerebrovascular Reactivity and Vascular Activation in Postmenopausal Women With Histories of Preeclampsia." The research examines an association between pregnancy history and brain blood flow characteristics. The results suggest a history of high blood pressure (specifically preeclampsia) negatively affects cerebral circulation years after pregnancy. This might explain the greater risk of stroke and cognitive decline in women who have had a history of preeclampsia.


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