Heart/Cardiovascular Services

Our specialists have been proving world-class, comprehensive cardiovascular care for more than 25 years.

Find your care

The UCLA cardiovascular team cares for all types of heart and vascular conditions. Call 310-825-9011 to connect with a cardiovascular customer care specialist.

Cardiovascular physician, Dr. Fonarow

Why choose UCLA Health for cardiovascular services?

The UCLA Division of Heart and Vascular Services has been providing the most advanced, world-class cardiovascular care for more than 25 years. Nationally, we rank 7th in Cardiology, as determined by U.S. News & World Report.

Highlights of our heart and vascular services include:

Leaders in cardiac care: When patients choose UCLA Health, they benefit from working with leaders in the various cardiac fields. We have among the largest heart transplant and lung transplant programs in the country. And, we are a leading center in treating and managing heart failure.

Advanced surgical options: We use minimally invasive and robotic surgery techniques, including robotic heart valve surgery and surgery for cardiac arrhythmias. We are experts in surgical treatment for thoracic aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections.

Commitment to research: Our dedicated research teams keep us at the forefront of new and promising treatments. Patients have access to advanced, leading-edge therapies.

Sub-specialty expertise: A range of specialized clinics offer targeted treatments for patients with complex conditions. Our services include everything from heart disease prevention to women’s cardiovascular services, minimally invasive surgery and heart transplantation.

Convenient locations: UCLA Health offers general and specialty cardiac care in more than 10 locations across the greater Los Angeles region. This means you can always receive world-class care, close to home.

Our services

Our team of physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses and other health professionals provides comprehensive cardiovascular care. Our services include:

Cardiology services

We treat an array of cardiac conditions. Our experts lead clinics that offer targeted treatments for specific heart conditions. Highlights of our general cardiology services include:

Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center: This facility is the first and one of the largest of its kind in the United States. We are a major training and research facility and have achieved national accreditation as a Comprehensive Care Center by the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA). 

Aortic Center: The vascular surgeons in the Aortic Center were the first on the West Coast to perform an advanced heart surgery technique called endovascular aortic aneurysm repair. Since then, we have performed more than 2,200 endovascular aortic repairs. Experts also provide medication and lifestyle recommendations to help patients manage aortic problems.

Cardiac Arrhythmia Center: We run one of the most comprehensive arrhythmia treatment programs in the country. Patients of all ages with heart rhythm disorders have access to expert treatments. These treatments include a new procedure called cardiac sympathetic denervation for patients who do not respond to medication.

Interventional Cardiology: Interventional cardiologists use catheter-based procedures to operate through tiny incisions. Catheters can be used to both diagnose and treat diseases in the heart and blood vessels. Our catheterization lab is open 24/7 for emergency situations, and our specialists lead the way in clinical care, education and research.

Women’s Cardiovascular Center: While heart health is often thought of as a men’s issue, heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in the United States. The UCLA Women’s Cardiovascular Center provides comprehensive women’s cardiovascular care in one convenient location. We also educate and conduct research in women’s cardiovascular care, with a goal of lowering risk and preventing disease.  

Cardiac testing and imaging

When our cardiovascular specialists need to learn more about a patient’s heart condition, we refer patients to one of our clinics for cardiac testing or noninvasive imaging. We use state-of-the-art MRI and CT technology for imaging studies. We also provide a range of heart tests, including Holter monitoring, adult and pediatric electrocardiograms (EKGs). We also have a dedicated clinic for patients with pacemakers.

Cardiac surgery 

Our heart surgeons provide a range of treatments, and our outcome rates put us at the top in the nation for cardiac care. Cardiac surgery services include:

ECMO Program: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a treatment that does the work of the heart and lungs for critically ill patients. Our ECMO survival rates meet and exceed the national averages and we use advanced forms of treatment designed to minimize possible complications.

Heart Transplant Program: Our Heart Transplant Program is one of the busiest and most successful programs in the nation. To date, we have performed more than 2,000 adult heart transplants and more than 300 pediatric transplants. Only 5% of our adult patients experience donor heart rejection, compared to the 25% national average.

Vascular surgery: We use the latest technology and treatment approaches for conditions that affect the circulatory/vascular system. This system includes the vessels that carry blood throughout the body. Our specialists provide comprehensive care, from nonsurgical treatments to endovascular surgery — minimally invasive procedures to treat problems in the blood vessels.  

Conditions we treat

We treat all types of cardiovascular conditions, including:

Angina: Artery narrowing that restricts blood flow and causes chest, arm, neck, stomach or jaw pain.

Arrythmia: A heart rhythm that is too slow, too fast or irregular.

Congestive heart failure: When your heart stops pumping blood as efficiently as it should.

Coronary artery disease: When blood vessels to your heart, known as coronary arteries, narrow and no longer provide enough blood to the heart.   

Endocarditis: A life-threatening inflammation of your heart’s lining, called the endocardium. 

Heart attack: When a blood clot blocks the blood flow to your heart.

Hypertension (high blood pressure): A chronically high force of your blood against your artery walls that can lead to heart disease and stroke.

Meet our team

Our heart and vascular specialists are leaders in clinical care, education and research. We treat heart and cardiovascular conditions with advanced techniques and excellent outcome rates.

Contact us

Call 310-825-9011 to request an appointment with a cardiovascular specialist at UCLA Health.