NEWS | February 10, 2017

Leading expert on women and heart disease to speak at free public event


Amparo Villablanca, a nationally renowned specialist on heart disease in women, will provide a free lunchtime address on “Heart Disease: What Every Woman Should Know.”

Cardiologist and women's heart health specialist Amparo Villablanca Cardiologist and women's heart health specialist Amparo Villablanca

The lecture is open to the public and takes place Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 12:10 p.m. until 12:50 p.m. in room 1204 of the Education Building, 4610 X Street in Sacramento. A map and directions are online.

RSVPs are requested via email to Angela Carrasco at

Villablanca’s address is part of a series of UC Davis Health events during American Heart Month in February. In her clinic and outreach, Villablanca encourages all women to adopt heart-healthy lifestyles that include healthy eating and daily physical activity. She also encourages them to “know their numbers” for cholesterol, blood fat, blood pressure, blood sugar, BMI and waist circumference, as they are key indicators of the risks for heart disease and stroke.

In 1994, Villablanca launched the UC Davis Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine Program, the first program in the nation dedicated to evaluating, treating and researching heart disease in women. Her goal was to save lives. At the time, fewer than 30 percent of women considered heart disease to be their biggest health threat. Today, nearly 50 percent of women still do not know that heart disease is their leading killer.

There is clearly much more to be done, according to Villablanca.

“Many women unfortunately still think of heart disease as a ‘man’s disease,’” Villablanca said. “My goal is to get that awareness percentage as close to 100 percent as possible.”

During her address, Villablanca will cover the symptoms of heart disease and heart attack in women, steps to prevention and the work of her research team in identifying gender distinctions in heart disease.

More information about the UC Davis Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine Program is at womenshearthealth.ucdavis.