Despite the many advances in diagnosis and treatment, cardiovascular disease -- including coronary heart disease, hypertensive heart disease and heart failure -- remains a top killer of the nation's population as a whole, according to the American Heart Association.
To raise awareness of heart disease, the UCSF Heart and Vascular Center is recognizing National Heart Month in February by hosting five noontime lectures to help educate the public about heart health. The seminars will feature cardiologists speaking from noon to 1 p.m. on the following days:
• Friday, Feb. 4 - Rita Redberg will discuss "Women and Heart Disease" in Cole Hall, Medical Sciences Building, 513 Parnassus Ave.
• Friday, Feb. 11 - Teresa de Marco will discuss "Heart Failure" in Health Sciences West, Room 300, entrance via 513 Parnassus Ave.
• Monday Feb. 14 - Elyse Foster will discuss "Congenital Heart Disease" in the School of Nursing building, Room N-225. Feb. 14 is Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Day.
• Friday, Feb. 18 - Michael Crawford will discuss "Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases" in Cole Hall, Medical Sciences Building, 513 Parnassus Ave.
• Friday, Feb. 25 - Darren Schneider will discuss "Advances in Minimally Invasive Treatment of Peripheral Vascular Disease" in Cole Hall, Medical Sciences Building, 513 Parnassus Ave.
UCSF Medical Center also will participate in National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 4 to raise awareness that heart disease kills nearly 500,000 women each year. Those who wear red and donate $5 will receive an official "red dress pin" from the American Heart Association. Those who give $1 will receive a red flower.
For more information, contact Julia Huang, administrative analyst in the Heart and Vascular Center, by email
or 415/502-8786. Huang is recruiting employees to help distribute pins and flowers at Executive Park, Laurel Heights, Mission Center Building and Mount Zion. Alyce Lee, manager of the Referral Service in Marketing, and Paulette Sims, referral specialist, will coordinate the distribution of pins and flowers at 2300 Harrison St.
Source: Laurie Itow