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

May 3, 2018

UC San Francisco
Jennifer O’Brien, Asst. Vice Chancellor/Public Affairs
Source: Brandy Ramos Nikaido, Director of Media Relations and Public Affairs, UCSF Fresno
Cell: (559) 313-6539 Email: bnikaido@fresno.ucsf.edu

UCSF Fresno
Medical Education Program
115 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93701
(559) 499-6400

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

Broken-heart syndrome is one of the topics to be discussed at the May 5 event

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.


About UCSF Fresno: UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program is a branch campus of UCSF, the leading institution dedicated exclusively to the health sciences. Established in 1975, UCSF Fresno is focused on improving health in California’s San Joaquin Valley through excellence in teaching and patient care, innovative clinical research and community partnerships. UCSF Fresno is the largest physician-training program between Sacramento and Los Angeles – training more than 300 physicians and 300 rotating medical students each year. Nearly 700 UCSF core and volunteer faculty at UCSF Fresno care for thousands of patients annually and train the next generation of outstanding clinicians and patient advocates. Fifty percent of the physicians trained at UCSF Fresno stay in the Valley to provide UCSF care. In addition, UCSF Fresno helps prepare middle, high school and college students for careers in health and medicine through a variety of pipeline programs. Please visit www.fresno.ucsf.edu


About UCSF: UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise. It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises three top-ranked hospitals, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland, and other partner and affiliated hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the Bay Area. UCSF also encompasses a branch campus in Fresno. Please visit www.ucsf.edu/news.

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