UCSF Fresno Shares Cardiovascular Care Expertise to Improve Health in the Valley

FRESNO – Coronary heart disease is the number one cause of death in California and the San Joaquin Valley has some of the highest rates of heart disease in the state.

To improve health in the region, faculty physicians in UCSF Fresno’s Department of Internal Medicine will help health care professionals better understand and implement strategies to prevent patients from developing coronary artery disease complications and to more effectively communicate treatment options at the 13th Annual Cardiology in the Valley Symposium. The event will be held from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 5, at the UCSF Fresno Center for Medical Education and Research, 155 N. Fresno St. in downtown Fresno.

Media availability with presenting faculty physicians will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. on May 5 or by calling (559) 313-6539 to schedule an interview in advance.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Coronary artery disease preventive strategies
  • Heart attack recovery care
  • Various treatment options, and
  • Takotsubo cardiomyopathy also known as broken-heart syndrome

Broken-heart syndrome has made national news lately. Most recently, some experts suggested former President George H. W. Bush may have experienced it when he was hospitalized shortly after the recent death of his wife Barbara Bush.

More than 80 cardiologists, hospitalists, family and internal medicine physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and allied health care professionals with an interest in cardiology are expected to attend.

This is a continuing medical education event. The registration fee is $10. Medical fellows, residents and students may attend free of charge. Space is limited. Early registration is recommended. Up to 4.5 Category 1 Credits are available through Community Medical Centers. Continental breakfast and lunch and discussion with faculty are included.

John A. Ambrose, MD, FACC, UCSF professor of medicine at UCSF Fresno and emeritus chief of cardiology, is the course director.

“This symposium is important due to the high rates of heart disease that occur in the San Joaquin Valley,” said Dr. Ambrose.  “We provide the highest level of cardiac patient care in the Valley and we are fostering future leaders in cardiac care for the region by providing advanced training for physicians in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. We have expertise in nearly all areas of cardiology that can be shared with local providers.”

Health care providers may register online at: https://www.fresno.ucsf.edu/conferences/cardiology2018/  For more information, please call (559) 499‐6446.