Dr. Paula Harvey’s research focus is on cardiovascular disease in women, with a special interest in hypertension, cardiac rehabilitation and cardiovascular disease in women with autoimmune disease. Dr. Harvey’s research explores how blood pressure and the health of blood vessels are regulated by the body – and how this system of regulation may differ between women and men.
Dr. Harvey works to apply this knowledge to test treatments such as exercise, cognitive-behavioral therapy and medications. These treatments are directed towards finding new ways to improve the function of blood vessels, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attacks, heart rhythm disturbances and strokes in women.
In the course of her research Dr. Harvey has enjoyed collaboration with colleagues across a variety of disciplines including exercise physiology, clinical psychology, cardiac rehabilitation, rheumatology and clinical epidemiology.