Dr. Michelle Albert featured in SF Gate and San Francisco Chronicle

Dr. Michelle Albert was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle discussing how stress can affect cardiovascular health and how everyday discrimination impacts the Black community.

In the article, Dr. Albert explains, “one common form of stress for Black people is ‘everyday discrimination.’ When we talk about everyday discrimination, what we’re talking about are things like being treated with less courtesy than others, treated with less respect than others, receiving poorer service,” she said. “Obviously, this is perceived everyday discrimination.”

She underscores that this stress contributes to “clogged arteries,… higher blood pressure and inflammation, and even irregular heartbeat.”

Dr. Albert was also quoted in SF Gate, describing how COVID-19 affects heart health in Black women. Dr. Albert and the research team at the UCSF NURTURE center are studying a cohort of Black women and how COVID-19 is impacting them. The study was awarded funding by the American Heart Association with the purpose “to investigate heart and brain issues related to COVID-19.”

You can find more information on adversity and cardiovascular disease at UCSF Nurture Center where Dr. Albert leads a team of research staff and faculty.