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Best Practices for Implementing Virtual and Hybrid Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs News

Best Practices for Implementing Virtual and Hybrid Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs

In a new study, UCSF researchers found that patients participating in either virtual or hybrid cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programs showed similar improvements in functional capacity to those of in-person CR program participants. Hybrid programs combine in-person and virtual delivery.
Virtual Cardiac Rehabilitation Produces Similar Results as In-Person Treatment News

Virtual Cardiac Rehabilitation Produces Similar Results as In-Person Treatment

UCSF Study Shows Potential Benefit of Expanding Availability for Patients Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) reduces hospitalization and mortality and improves quality of life for patients with cardiovascular disease. Despite its benefits, only 24 percent of eligible patients in the U.S. participate in CR due to financial and logistical barriers.
First Beating Heart Mitral Valve Repair on West Coast Performed at UCSF News

First Beating Heart Mitral Valve Repair on West Coast Performed at UCSF

The first beating heart mitral valve repair on the West Coast was performed by Tom C. Nguyen, MD, chief of UC San Francisco’s Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery, and his surgical team in September 2021.
Getting to the Heart of COVID: Do Infections or Vaccines Cause Cardiac Harm? Video

Getting to the Heart of COVID: Do Infections or Vaccines Cause Cardiac Harm?

Cardiologist Clifton Watt, MD, offers new insights on the pathogenesis of heart problems resulting from COVID; breaks down the evidence on whether novel treatments – neutralizing antibodies and antivirals – have therapeutic or preventive value; then presents a risk-benefit analysis for the available vaccines, incorporating new data.
A Referral Guide for Physicians - UCSF Heart and Vascular Center Document

A Referral Guide for Physicians - UCSF Heart and Vascular Center

The UCSF Heart and Vascular Center is home to a world-class team of cardiologists, heart surgeons, vascular surgeons, transplant surgeons and other specialists, all working collaboratively to provide the highest-quality care for patients.
UCSF Earns AHA Award for Improving Quality of Care for STEMI Patients News

UCSF Earns AHA Award for Improving Quality of Care for STEMI Patients

UC San Francisco has earned the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Silver Plus Receiving Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures in treating patients who suffer severe heart attacks.
Clinical Advance - Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery Document

Clinical Advance - Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

UCSF Health is a major referral and destination center for minimally invasive cardiac surgery, featuring high volumes, extensive experience and quality outcomes.
UCSF Precision Investigation of Sudden Cardiac Deaths Reveals Diverse Underlying Causes News

UCSF Precision Investigation of Sudden Cardiac Deaths Reveals Diverse Underlying Causes

Forty percent of deaths attributed to cardiac arrest are not sudden or unexpected, and nearly half the remainder are not due to lethal arrhythmias, according to a landmark study by researchers at UC San Francisco and the City and County of San Francisco Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Peripheral Artery Disease: Early Intervention, Limb Preservation and Clinical Trials at UCSF News

Peripheral Artery Disease: Early Intervention, Limb Preservation and Clinical Trials at UCSF

September is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month. More than 200 million people worldwide are living with PAD, including more than 20 percent of people age 65 and older.
Minimally Invasive Heart Repair: The Future Is Now Video

Minimally Invasive Heart Repair: The Future Is Now

Three UCSF specialists shine a light on the rapidly evolving world of minimally invasive heart surgery, giving the evidence on risks and outcomes.
High-quality Patient Outcomes With Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery News

High-quality Patient Outcomes With Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

Rapidly emerging innovations are transforming the management of structural heart disease. The UC San Francisco Cardiac Surgery Program is on the forefront of these advances, including the latest minimally invasive techniques.
What’s Hidden in the Female Heart: Keys to Identifying Women at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease Video

What’s Hidden in the Female Heart: Keys to Identifying Women at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiologist Jie Yang, MD, breaks down the evidence by age group and offers actionable steps for helping patients lower their risk.
Cardiac Surgery Program Document

Cardiac Surgery Program

The UCSF Cardiac Surgery Program is committed to surgical excellence, world-class patient care, pioneering research and education.
UCSF MD Link: Web-Based Communication Portal for Physicians Document

UCSF MD Link: Web-Based Communication Portal for Physicians

Our web portal allows referring physicians to securely access their patients’ entire electronic health record, make online referral requests and communicate with our physicians directly and securely.
Don’t Lose Heart: Responding to Cardiovascular Effects of the Pandemic Video

Don’t Lose Heart: Responding to Cardiovascular Effects of the Pandemic

Cardiologist and echocardiographer Nisha I. Parikh, MD, MPH, discusses acute and chronic cardiovascular issues in COVID patients, and how imaging can help with early diagnosis and monitoring treatment response. She also looks at the consequences of delayed care for heart events due to patients’ pandemic-related anxiety.
UCSF Center for Limb Preservation and Diabetic Foot Document

UCSF Center for Limb Preservation and Diabetic Foot

Our center combines the skills of renowned vascular surgeons, podiatrists and limb preservation specialists to provide comprehensive vascular and podiatric care for patients with limb-threatening conditions.
Reshaping Care for Heart Failure: The Promise of New Drugs and Devices Video

Reshaping Care for Heart Failure: The Promise of New Drugs and Devices

Heart failure is increasingly prevalent and continues to have a high mortality rate, yet the future isn’t bleak. Cardiologist Liviu Klein, MD, MS, director of the UCSF Mechanical Circulatory Support Program, presents cutting-edge therapeutic options, including drugs, surgical implants and advanced monitoring systems.
COVID-19 Consequences: Is the Ticker a Ticking Time Bomb? Video

COVID-19 Consequences: Is the Ticker a Ticking Time Bomb?

Cardiologist Clifton Watt, MD, explores what’s now known about the SARS-CoV-2 variants as well as COVID-related multisystem inflammatory disorders, explains COVID’s potential for residual effects on the heart, and offers help with identifying COVID “long haulers.” Bonus: update on outpatient therapeutics.
Comorbidities and COVID: Care for Patients With Heart Disease and Other Conditions Video

Comorbidities and COVID: Care for Patients With Heart Disease and Other Conditions

Breaking down the latest stats, cardiologist Clifton Watt, MD, sheds light on which chronic conditions raise the risk of serious consequences from COVID-19 infection.
Keep Them on Their Feet: Vigilant Diabetic Care Saves Limbs Video

Keep Them on Their Feet: Vigilant Diabetic Care Saves Limbs

In response to rising rates of diabetes and related amputations, the co-directors of UCSF’s Center for Limb Preservation – which has a limb salvage rate of 92 percent – present a quick guide to detecting amputation risk. They include COVID-specific advice to prevent delays in diagnosis and referral.
A Common Threat to Life and Limb: Detect and Manage Peripheral Artery Disease Video

A Common Threat to Life and Limb: Detect and Manage Peripheral Artery Disease

Michael S. Conte, MD, UCSF’s chief of vascular surgery, discusses the growing problem of PAD, subtleties of PAD signs, useful testing techniques, which patients to treat, therapeutic options, and how to educate your patients – especially diabetics – to safeguard their health.
Chronic Venous Insufficiency: Caring for a Common and Disabling Condition Video

Chronic Venous Insufficiency: Caring for a Common and Disabling Condition

Proper classification and appropriate treatment of CVI will relieve pain and improve quality of life. Interventional radiologist Alexander Lam, MD, presents current guidelines and therapeutic options.
Comprehensive Sarcoidosis Management and Treatment Document

Comprehensive Sarcoidosis Management and Treatment

Diagnosing sarcoidosis is a challenging process. UCSF’s team of specialists are experts in diagnosing and treating this elusive chronic condition.
Introduction to Strain Imaging Echocardiography Video

Introduction to Strain Imaging Echocardiography

Clifton Watt, MD, explains that echocardiography is one of the most common noninvasive tools used in cardiology to date, while strain imaging is a supplementary way to assess myocardial function.

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