Promotion of two clinicians of the Charité by the DZHK
DGesGM board member Dr. med. Ute Seeland (Institute for Gender Research in Medicine) and Dr. med. med. Anna Brand (Department of Cardiology and Angiology), Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, can look forward to receiving a scholarship from the DZHK, Berlin, to support her habilitation. The study on cardiovascular risk evaluation in women in Berlin (BEFRI) is to be continued. The initial survey on the health behavior and the objectifiable cardiovascular risk factors in women from all districts of Berlin aged 20-75 years, conducted in 2013-2014, will be continued 5 years later as a longitudinal data collection. The clinicians found that the measurement of vascular stiffness of the large arterial vessels as identified by the pulse wave velocity (PWV> 9.7 m / s), in addition to a waist circumference> 80 cm in postmenopausal women is associated with increased risk of diastolic dysfunction. Also functional changes of the left and right atrium could be detected in these women with diastolic dysfunction of the myocardium. Now it will be investigated what these changes over 5 years predict the development of the state of health.
The results can be valuable in understanding vascular aging and identify both biological and sociocultural risk factors that could lead to a limitation of diastolic function. They represent an important step forward in gender-sensitive risk assessment.
 Seeland U, Brecht A, Nauman AT et al. Prevalence of arterial stiffness and the risk of myocardial diastolic dysfunction in women. Biosci Rep. 2016 Oct 27;36.
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