The UC Davis Women's Cardiovascular Medicine Program was established in June 1994 by cardiologist Amparo C. Villablanca to address the lack of awareness that heart disease is the leading killer of women. The program has four major focus areas: patient care, education, research and advocacy.

This pioneering program — one of the few of its kind in the United States — has been singled out for distinction by the governor of California for its unique, interdisciplinary approach to heart care that integrates primary and specialty health services. The program is also linked with a variety of community organizations, medical groups and government agencies in resolving the cardiovascular health concerns of women, expanding awareness among physicians and patients about the risks of heart disease among women, and decreasing cardiovascular disease risk and mortality for women.

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