Cardiovascular Health

“Heart health depends on individual genetics and behavior as well as medicines and therapies. We’re studying how to advise people on the safest and most effective care for heart disease.”

Bruce M. Psaty, MD, PhD
Group Health Research Institute Senior Investigator

Research overview

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American men and women. Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) scientists are working to discover how to reduce our risk of heart attacks, stroke, irregular heartbeats, deep-vein blood clots, and other cardiovascular diseases.

“We’re studying how genes, medications, and everyday choices influence cardiovascular health,” said Bruce M. Psaty, MD, PhD, GHRI senior investigator and co-director of the University of Washington Cardiovascular Health Research Unit. “One of our goals is to know when people are especially susceptible to either the benefits or the risks of a drug so they receive the safest and most effective therapies."

Group Health research to improve cardiovascular health includes studies by:

  • Katherine M. Newton, PhD, senior investigator and director of Research & External Affairs, on how hormone therapy and diabetes affect heart health;
  • Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD, associate investigator, on how drugs can affect or control cardiovascular disease; and
  • Affiliate investigators Susan Heckbert, MD, PhD, and Nick Smith, PhD, MPH, on the irregular heartbeat atrial fibrillation and about the role of menopausal hormones in risk of thromboembolic events, respectively.

Beverly B. Green, MD, MPH, associate investigator, is finding simple, practical, innovative ways to help people control their blood pressure. “We’ve found that helping patients and health care teams work together on personalized care plans is the best path to lifelong heart health,” she said.

Recent publications on Cardiovascular Health

Floyd JS, Sitlani CM, Avery CL, Noordam R, Li X, Smith AV, Gogarten SM, Li J, Broer L, Evans DS, Trompet S, Brody JA, Stewart JD, Eicher JD, Seyerle AA, Roach J, Lange LA, Lin HJ, Kors JA, Harris TB, Li-Gao R, Sattar N, Cummings SR, Wiggins KL, Napie+++. Large-scale pharmacogenomic study of sulfonylureas and the QT, JT and QRS intervals: CHARGE Pharmacogenomics Working Group. Pharmacogenomics J. 2016 Dec 13. doi: 10.1038/tpj.2016.90. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Robinson-Cohen C, Lutsey PL, Kleber ME, Nielson CM, Mitchell BD, Bis JC, Eny KM, Portas L, Eriksson J, Lorentzon M, Koller DL, Milaneschi Y, Teumer A, Pilz S, Nethander M, Selvin E, Tang W, Weng LC, Wong HS, Lai D, Peacock M, Hannemann A, Völker U, Homuth G, Nauk M, Murgia F, Pattee JW, Orwoll E, Zmuda JM, Riancho JA, Wolf M, Williams F, Penninx B, Econs MJ, Ryan KA, Ohlsson C, Paterson AD, Psaty BM, Siscovick DS, Rotter JI, Pirastu M, Streeten E, März W, Fox C, Coresh J, Wallaschofski H, Pankow JS, de Boer IH, Kestenbaum B. Genetic variants associated with circulating parathyroid hormone. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2016 Dec 7. pii: ASN.2016010069. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Li M, Li Y, Weeks O, Mijatovic V, Teumer A, Huffman JE, Tromp G, Fuchsberger C, Gorski M, Lyytikäinen LP, Nutile T, Sedaghat S, Sorice R, Tin A, Yang Q, Ahluwalia TS, Arking DE, Bihlmeyer NA, Böger CA, Carroll RJ, Chasman DI, Cornelis MC, Dehghan A, Faul JD, Feitosa MF, Gambaro G, Gasparini P, Giulianini F, Heid I, Huang J, Imboden M, Jackson AU, Jeff J, Jhun MA, Katz R, Kifley A, Kilpeläinen TO, Kumar A, Laakso M, Li-Gao R, Lohman K, Lu Y, Mägi R, Malerba G, Mihailov E, Mohlke KL, Mook-Kanamori DO, Robino A, Ruderfer D, Salvi E, Schick UM, Schulz CA, Smith AV, Smith JA, Traglia M, Yerges-Armstrong LM, Zhao W, Goodarzi MO, Kraja AT, Liu C, Wessel J; CHARGE Glycemic-T2D Working Group,; CHARGE Blood Pressure Working Group,, Boerwinkle E, Borecki IB, Bork-Jensen J, Bottinger EP, Braga D, Brandslund I, Brody JA, Campbell A, Carey DJ, Christensen C, Coresh J, Crook E, Curhan GC, Cusi D, de Boer IH, de Vries AP, Denny JC, Devuyst O, Dreisbach AW, Endlich K, Esko T, Franco OH, Fulop T, Gerhard GS, Glümer C, Gottesman O, Grarup N, Gudnason V, Harris TB, Hayward C, Hocking L, Hofman A, Hu FB, Husemoen LL, Jackson RD, Jørgensen T, Jørgensen ME, Kähönen M, Kardia SL, König W, Kooperberg C, Kriebel J, Launer LJ, Lauritzen T, Lehtimäki T, Levy D, Linksted P, Linneberg A, Liu Y, Loos RJ, Lupo A, Meisinger C, Melander O, Metspalu A, Mitchell P, Nauck M, Nürnberg P, Orho-Melander M, Parsa A, Pedersen O, Peters A, Peters U, Polasek O, Porteous D, Probst-Hensch NM, Psaty BM, Qi L, Raitakari OT, Reiner AP, Rettig R, Ridker PM, Rivadeneira F, Rossouw JE, Schmidt F, Siscovick D, Soranzo N, Strauch K, Toniolo D, Turner ST, Uitterlinden AG, Ulivi S, Velayutham D, Völker U, Völzke H, Waldenberger M, Wang JJ, Weir DR, Witte D, Kuivaniemi H, Fox CS, Franceschini N, Goessling W, Köttgen A, Chu AY. SOS2 and ACP1 loci identified through large-scale exome chip analysis regulate kidney development and function. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2016 Dec 5. pii: ASN.2016020131. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Odden MC, Wu C, Shlipak MG, Psaty BM, Katz R, Applegate WB, Harris T, Newman AB, Peralta CA; Health ABC Study. Blood pressure trajectory, gait speed, and outcomes: the health, aging, and body composition study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2016 Dec;71(12):e1. No abstract available. PubMed

Ried JS, Jeff M J, Chu AY, Bragg-Gresham JL, van Dongen J, Huffman JE, Ahluwalia TS, Cadby G, Eklund N, Eriksson J, Esko T, Feitosa MF, Goel A, Gorski M, Hayward C, Heard-Costa NL, Jackson AU, Jokinen E, Kanoni S, Kristiansson K, Kutalik Z, Lahti J, Luan J, Mägi R, Mahajan A, Mangino M, Medina-Gomez C, Monda KL, Nolte IM, Pérusse L, Prokopenko I, Qi L, Rose LM, Salvi E, Smith MT, Snieder H, Stancáková A, Ju Sung Y, Tachmazidou I, Teumer A, Thorleifsson G, van der Harst P, Walker RW, Wang SR, Wild SH, Willems SM, Wong A, Zhang W, Albrecht E, Couto Alves A, Bakker SJ, Barlassina C, Bartz TM, Beilby J, Bellis C, Bergman RN, Bergmann S, Blangero J, Blüher M, Boerwinkle E, Bonnycastle LL, Bornstein SR, Bruinenberg M, Campbell H, Chen YI, Chiang CW, Chines PS, Collins FS, Cucca F, Cupples LA, D'Avila F, de Geus EJ, Dedoussis G, Dimitriou M, Döring A, Eriksson JG, Farmaki AE, Farrall M, Ferreira T, Fischer K, Forouhi NG, Friedrich N, Gjesing AP, Glorioso N, Graff M, Grallert H, Grarup N, Gräßler J, Grewal J, Hamsten A, Harder MN, Hartman CA, Hassinen M, Hastie N, Hattersley AT, Havulinna AS, Heliövaara M, Hillege H, Hofman A, Holmen O, Homuth G, Hottenga JJ, Hui J, Husemoen LL, Hysi PG, Isaacs A, Ittermann T, Jalilzadeh S, James AL, Jørgensen T, Jousilahti P, Jula A, Marie Justesen J, Justice AE, Kähönen M, Karaleftheri M, Tee Khaw K, Keinanen-Kiukaanniemi SM, Kinnunen L, Knekt PB, Koistinen HA, Kolcic I, Kooner IK, Koskinen S, Kovacs P, Kyriakou T, Laitinen T, Langenberg C, Lewin AM, Lichtner P, Lindgren CM, Lindström J, Linneberg A, Lorbeer R, Lorentzon M, Luben R, Lyssenko V, Männistö S, Manunta P, Leach IM, McArdle WL, Mcknight B, Mohlke KL, Mihailov E, Milani L, Mills R, Montasser ME, Morris AP, Müller G, Musk AW, Narisu N, Ong KK, Oostra BA, Osmond C, Palotie A, Pankow JS, Paternoster L, Penninx BW, Pichler I, Pilia MG, Polašek O, Pramstaller PP, Raitakari OT, Rankinen T, Rao DC, Rayner NW, Ribel-Madsen R, Rice TK, Richards M, Ridker PM, Rivadeneira F, Ryan KA, Sanna S, Sarzynski MA, Scholtens S, Scott RA, Sebert S, Southam L, Sparsø TH, Steinthorsdottir V, Stirrups K, Stolk RP, Strauch K, Stringham HM, Swertz MA, Swift AJ, Tönjes A, Tsafantakis E, van der Most PJ, Van Vliet-Ostaptchouk JV, Vandenput L, Vartiainen E, Venturini C, Verweij N, Viikari JS, Vitart V, Vohl MC, Vonk JM, Waeber G, Widén E, Willemsen G, Wilsgaard T, Winkler TW, Wright AF, Yerges-Armstrong LM, Hua Zhao J, Carola Zillikens M, Boomsma DI, Bouchard C, Chambers JC, Chasman DI, Cusi D, Gansevoort RT, Gieger C, Hansen T, Hicks AA, Hu F, Hveem K, Jarvelin MR, Kajantie E, Kooner JS, Kuh D, Kuusisto J, Laakso M, Lakka TA, Lehtimäki T, Metspalu A, Njølstad I, Ohlsson C, Oldehinkel AJ, Palmer LJ, Pedersen O, Perola M, Peters A, Psaty BM, Puolijoki H, Rauramaa R, Rudan I, Salomaa V, Schwarz PE, Shudiner AR, Smit JH, Sørensen TI, Spector TD, Stefansson K, Stumvoll M, Tremblay A, Tuomilehto J, Uitterlinden AG, Uusitupa M, Völker U, Vollenweider P, Wareham NJ, Watkins H, Wilson JF, Zeggini E, Abecasis GR, Boehnke M, Borecki IB, Deloukas P, van Duijn CM, Fox C, Groop LC, Heid IM, Hunter DJ, Kaplan RC, McCarthy MI, North KE, O'Connell JR, Schlessinger D, Thorsteinsdottir U, Strachan DP, Frayling T, Hirschhorn JN, Müller-Nurasyid M, Loos RJ. A principal component meta-analysis on multiple anthropometric traits identifies novel loci for body shape. Nat Commun. 2016 Nov 23;7:13357. doi: 10.1038/ncomms13357.

Researchers in Cardiovascular Health

Bruce M. Psaty, MD, PhD

Senior Investigator
206-543-0710
psaty@u.washington.edu

Curriculum vitae (CV)

Katherine M. Newton, PhD

Senior Investigator (Emeritus)
206-287-2973
newton.k@ghc.org

Curriculum vitae (CV)

Jennifer C. Nelson, PhD

Director of Biostatistics; Senior Investigator
206-287-2004
nelson.jl@ghc.org

Curriculum vitae (CV)

Michael L. Parchman, MD, MPH

Director, MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation; Senior Investigator, GHRI
206-287-2704
parchman.m@ghc.org

Curriculum vitae (CV)

Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD

Associate Investigator
206-287-2870
dublin.s@ghc.org

Curriculum vitae (CV)

Aruna Kamineni, MPH

Research Associate
206-287-2922
akaminen@fhcrc.org

Curriculum vitae (CV)

Ellen O'Meara, PhD

Research Associate
206-287-2938
omeara.e@ghc.org

Curriculum vitae (CV)

Affiliate researchers

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