Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The good news? It is also one of the most preventable.
Making heart-healthy choices, knowing your family health history and the risk factors for heart disease, having regular check-ups and working with your physician to manage your health are all integral aspects of saving lives from this often silent killer.
At UCLA, our 160 cardiovascular research laboratories, working together with teams of physicians and health care professionals are united in a mission to understand the roots of this complex disease. We are designing therapies and interventions that do not just prevent heart disease but effectively treat it.
Together, they are focusing on the following key areas:
Queen Latifah joined a special discussion with Queen Latifah, Karol Watson, MD, the American Heart Association and Sharecare to educate the public on living with heart failure. Latifah's mother suffers from the condition. Watch the interview >
“Our mission as the UCLA Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiovascular Therapy Team is to ensure our patients with complex cardiac conditions and weakened hearts have access to the full spectrum of advanced therapies at UCLA" says Dr. Ali Nsair, medical director of the heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support program. "Our multidisciplinary heart team offers ... read article
“Our number one hope is that the 200 or so referring physicians, cardiologists and internists are being updated with the protocols that we are currently using,” says Dr. Mario Deng, cardiologist and active participant in the Heart Failure Symposium and UCLA Health. “The symposium provides us, every year, with an opportunity to advance the multi-disciplinary ... read article
“The Heart Failure Symposium is an opportunity to give physicians in the local area and beyond an opportunity to come and have a day of learning and interaction with the UCLA faculty,” says Dr. Richard Shemin, chief of cardiac surgery at UCLA Health, executive vice chair of the department of surgery and co-director of the ... read article
“The Heart Failure Symposium is for physicians, allied, personnel, and anyone who finds themselves interacting or involved with advanced heart failure patients,” says Dr. Murray Kwon, a cardio thoracic surgeon and surgical director of the mechanical circulatory support device program. “During the symposium I will be moderating a session on some of these mechanical circulatory ... read article
“It’s a really exciting time for interventional cardiology as new technologies come to light for valvular heart disease,” says Dr. Olcay Aksoy, an interventional cardiologist at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “At the Heart Failure Symposium, I will be presenting ‘How to Treat Mitral Regurgitation.’ Mitral regurgitation is a complex problem. The main symptoms are ... read article
UCLA cardiologist Jamil Aboulhosn, MD, discusses the prevalence and impact of congenital heart disease (heart disease from birth). He will also discuss some of the surgical and medical advances that have facilitated improvements in survival and quality of life for this population. Watch webinar »
UCLA cardiologist Marcella Calfon Press, MD, co-director of the UCLA Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Health Program, offers insight into the role of gender in heart disease and discusses managing risk factors. Watch webinar »
UCLA cardiologist William Suh, MD, talks about the transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure, which can treat severe aortic stenosis without open heart surgery. He will review clinical trial data, indications for the procedure, and patient selection criteria. Watch webinar »
Karol Watson, MD, co-director, UCLA Program in Preventive Cardiology, discusses tips to keep your heart healthy and live a healthier life, as well as hidden threats to heart health and the latest news in heart research. Watch webinar »