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 >
March is Women’s History Month, which “honors and celebrates the struggles and achievements of American women throughout the history of the United States.” We take this opportunity to recognize the many contributions women have made to the fabric of our nation, including in the fields of medicine and science. This observance traces its roots to 1981, ... read article
“It all started with a cough,” says Carlos Garcia, who came to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on the recommendation of his cardiologist in 2009. “They told me my heart was very weak and starting to stop. I had a pacemaker put in in 2012, but I still would need a heart transplant. I was ... read article
“I never thought I would be able to ride dirt bikes or BMX again,” says 22-year-old Casey Child, who came in to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center thinking he had the flu. “I was diagnosed with giant cell myocarditis, which is a rare autoimmune disease. I was on the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine for ... read article
I am a 65 year old white male w a long history of cardiac issues. I had my 1st heart attack when I was 35 and subsequent 4 way bypass surgery at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach Ca. Additionally I had a 2nd minor heart attack when I was 49 and at that time had ... read article
Family history both parents at UCLA Santa Monica came here for bypasses lived longer till about 15 years longer. I had both till I was in my 30’s. Thank you UCLA Santa Monica for longer care for my parents. As for myself heart issues at 52 too much stress. It’s my drives to Orange County ... 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 »