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May 2019

More isn't better when it comes to evaluating chest pain

May 23, 2019

New and more effective tests are needed to help predict heart attacks and other major cardiac events in patients with chest pain, the second most common reason for emergency department visits in the U.S.

To meat or not to meat: Are meatless burgers really healthier?

May 16, 2019

Meatless burgers are more popular than ever - but are they good for us? UC Davis Health senior dietitian Marie Barone shares her recommendations. 

April 2019

Is there a better way to test for heart attacks in women in emergency departments?

April 8, 2019

UC Davis study to assess sex-specific levels of heart muscle damage to guide emergency care for women nationwide

March 2019

UC Davis Health physicians perform California's first minimally invasive mitral valve replacements

March 14, 2019

UC Davis Health cardiologists are the first in the state to use a minimally-invasive system called transcatheter mitral valve replacement, or TMVR, to replace the mitral valve without the need for conventional open-heart surgery. The new technology is being tested as part of the SUMMIT study.

Dementia looks different in brains of Hispanics

March 12, 2019

A major new study from the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Center has uncovered dramatic differences in the brains of Hispanics with a dementia diagnosis compared with those of non-Hispanic whites and of African Americans.

Stroke can strike at any age

March 6, 2019

The death of actor Luke Perry this week is a tragic reminder that stroke can affect anyone, anytime. While the risk of stroke increases with age, it can occur at any age. Vascular neurologist Kwan Ng provides tips for recognizing the signs of stroke, together with guidance for stroke prevention.

February 2019

Heart conditions affect young patients, too

February 26, 2019

Adults are often the focus of American Heart Month in February, but children with heart defects and conditions are also being treated with innovative technologies at the UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center.

Heart disease in women: Preventing the No. 1 cause of death

February 14, 2019

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for women, but only about half of women realize this is so. The good news, however, is that heart disease can often be prevented with a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Pediatric heart health lunch lecture scheduled for Feb. 21

February 8, 2019

UC Davis Health faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to attend a free lunchtime lecture about pediatric heart health entitled "The Latest in Congenital Heart Disease: Collaboration Between Interventional Cardiology and Surgery." The event will be held Thursday, Feb. 21 from 12-1:30 p.m. at the Education Building's Third Floor Breezeway, 4610 X Street, Sacramento. 

UC Davis Health names interim chief of cardiovascular medicine

February 7, 2019

Cardiac imaging specialist Thomas Smith is interim chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and interim medical director of the Heart Center at UC Davis Health. He replaces Reginald Low, who led the division for two decades and plans to retire this year.

Women's heart health program celebrates 25th anniversary

February 7, 2019

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for all women in the U.S., but only about half of women know this is so. Cardiologist Amparo Villablanca is changing that with her annual Women's Heart Care Forum.

January 2019

UC Davis pediatric heart patient enters Rock Your Scar contest

January 28, 2019

Four-month-old UC Davis patient Leo Woo has entered the Rock the Scar contest, a national photo contest to raise awareness about congenital heart defects.

Banners featuring student-designed red dresses on display at the State Capitol

January 28, 2019

A portion of the UC Davis Red Dress Collection is highlighted in a large banner display near the Governor's Office at the State Capitol this week, launching the countdown to National Wear Red Day® and day one of Heart Month on Friday.

More than 150 UC Davis Health physicians named "Top Docs"

January 11, 2019

Annual Survey by Sacramento Magazine highlights expertise in primary and specialty care delivery.

December 2018

Holidays and heart attacks

December 26, 2018

A recently published study conducted in Sweden showed higher rates of heart attacks during major holidays, including the Christmas and New Year holidays. UC Davis cardiologist Javier Lopez talks about heart health and what might be done to reduce the chances of having a heart attack during this and other potentially stressful times of year.

New study shows link between second-hand smoke and cardiac arrhythmia

December 26, 2018

Continuous indoor exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke triggers changes in the heart’s electrical activity, known as cardiac alternans, that can predict cardiac arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death, a new study from UC Davis Health researchers shows. The authors believe the study, conducted in mice, suggests that second-hand smoke exposure alters cells that regulate how the heart beats.

Cardiothoracic surgery team brings advanced heart care to Mexico

December 19, 2018

A team led by UC Davis cardiothoracic surgeons Gary Raff and Victor Rodriguez recently traveled to Torreón in the state of Coahuila, Mexico, to treat children — from newborns to teens — with congenital heart defects.

November 2018

Digitizing interactions between the brain and the heart

November 26, 2018

UC Davis Health researchers have been awarded $5.2 million over four years from the National Institutes of Health to develop the first computerized model of the relationship between the nervous system and cardiovascular disease. The tool is expected to lead to new understanding of conditions such as hypertension, arrhythmia, heart failure and stroke, along with how those conditions change in response to treatment.

October 2018

Nursing excellence at UC Davis Medical Center again receives national recognition

October 19, 2018

This week, the American Nurses Credentialing Center announced that it has renewed the hospital’s Magnet® designation for another four-year term.

September 2018

UC Davis Children's Hospital first to offer patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) closures without surgery in tiny premature babies

September 18, 2018

Marcellus Brown was born prematurely at 24 weeks and his ductus arteriosus, an artery in the heart that normally closes after birth, didn’t close.

Patient travels from Dubai for life-changing heart procedure at UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 14, 2018

Doctors told them nothing more could be done; that they’ve done all that can be done. They said their daughter Yuvna’s heart condition was too severe. It was too complex. She had surgery and cardiac catheterizations, but now she was at the end of the road.

August 2018

Pediatric patient receives life-changing care for double aortic arch

August 16, 2018

When Elk Grove resident Brooke Peoples was 1 year old, she was diagnosed with a double aortic arch, a rare congenital cardiovascular malformation.

UC Davis Medical Center Again Ranked One of California's Top Hospitals

August 14, 2018

U.S. News ranks the medical center among the nation's best in 11 specialties; No. 5 in California, and No. 1 in Sacramento overall for 2018-19.

UC Davis team recognized for national leadership in pulmonary embolism care

August 8, 2018

A team of UC Davis physicians and surgeons has been recognized for helping to launch a national effort to guide standards for treating pulmonary embolism, the third most common cause of death from cardiovascular disease in the U.S.

July 2018

UC Davis among first to use highly sensitive test to quickly identify heart attacks

July 12, 2018

The new cardiac test is enabling UC Davis emergency medicine physicians to more quickly identify heart attack patients who come to the medical center with chest pain

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center hosts brain food lecture as part of series on July 19

July 10, 2018

Join cardiovascular expert John Rutledge for a fascinating lecture on the link between a healthy heart and aging well. 

June 2018

Treating AFib with ablation reduces mortality and stroke

June 28, 2018

Using catheter-based ablation instead of medications alone reduces the risks of death and stroke in patients with the common form of heart arrhythmia known as atrial fibrillation, or AFib, new research from UC Davis physicians shows.

Q&A with pediatric heart surgeon Amy Rahm

June 28, 2018

A mother and a pediatric heart surgeon, Amy Rahm is helping to build a national reputation for pediatric cardiac care at UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center. Here is a Q&A with her.

Vascular surgery residents win conference competition

June 19, 2018

A team of UC Davis vascular surgery residents won first place in a contest of skills and knowledge at the June 15 Pacific Northwest Endovascular Conference in Seattle.

UC Davis among first to use highly sensitive test to quickly identify heart attacks

June 15, 2018

Emergency medicine physicians at UC Davis Health will begin using the latest-generation cardiac troponin (cTn) test next week to more quickly identify heart attack patients who come to the medical center with chest pain.

Physician assistant completes the heart failure team

June 4, 2018

There are many paths to a career in medicine. Felicia Corbett was well into a career as a middle school science teacher when she decided she wanted to be involved in patient care instead. Today, she is a physician assistant with the heart failure team at UC Davis Health.