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Quality coronary bypass care can improve lives and cut costs

July 28, 2010 A new analysis led by researchers at UCSF shows that avoiding lowest-volume hospitals and maximizing adherence to quality care processes are both effective approaches to reducing costs associated with coronary bypass surgery.

Tobacco industry funding delayed data on heart study

July 13, 2010 Early tobacco industry funding of the Framingham Heart Study delayed findings that eventually identified smoking as a major risk factor for heart disease, according to a UCSF analysis.

Anxiety linked to increased cardiac risk in heart disease patients

July 07, 2010 Heart disease patients with anxiety disorder were significantly more likely to experience stroke, heart failure, heart attack, transient ischemic attack (mini-stroke), or death than heart disease patients without anxiety, in a study led by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Cocoa flavanols improve vascular and blood pressure measures for coronary artery disease patients

July 06, 2010 A new study by UCSF cardiologists and researchers found that high concentrations of cocoa flavanols decrease blood pressure, improve the health of blood vessels and increase the number of circulating angiogenic cells in patients with heart disease. The findings indicate that foods rich in flavanols – such as cocoa products, tea, wine, and various fruits and vegetables – have a cardio-protective benefit for heart disease patients.

Deficit in body fat from early HIV drugs persists years later

July 02, 2010 HIV-infected patients who lost subcutaneous fat as a result of taking first-generation antiretroviral drugs still had strikingly less body fat than non-infected controls five years after switching to newer medications, according to a study led by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco.

UCSF Children's Hospital ranks among nation's best in eight specialties

June 03, 2010 UCSF Children’s Hospital ranks among the nation’s best children’s hospitals in eight specialties and is one of the top-ranked facilities in California, according to the new 2010-11 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report.

Brief exercise reduces impact of stress on cell aging, UCSF study shows

May 26, 2010 Exercise can buffer the effects of stress-induced cell aging, according to new research from UCSF that revealed actual benefits of physical activity at the cellular level.

UCSF symposium seeks insights into HIV and aging

May 12, 2010 Understanding the processes underlying the diminishing life span of HIV patients, even though they are responding well to anti-retroviral therapy, will be the focus of a daylong symposium on May 18.

Golden State Warriors Ronny Turiaf Raises Awareness for Cardiac Screening

April 20, 2010 At the April 22 event, Warriors team captain and center Ronny Turiaf will share why he is committed to heart health education for athletes and underprivileged individuals, and how it led to the development of his Heart to Heart Foundation.

Even a small dietary reduction in salt could mean fewer heart attacks, strokes and deaths

January 20, 2010 Reducing salt in the American diet by as little as one-half teaspoon (or three grams) per day could prevent nearly 100,000 heart attacks and 92,000 deaths each year, according to a new study. Such benefits are on par with the benefits from reductions in smoking and could save the United States about $24 billion in healthcare costs, the researchers add.

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