In a perfect world, the balance between applying scientific advances and maintaining proven treatment approaches would always be clear. Anyone who practices medicine, however, knows this is rarely the case. Studies have conflicting or nuanced results. Altering effective approaches for the promise of something better is never easy. The stories in this issue of UCSF Heart & Vascular Center News illustrate how we manage this delicate balancing act at a center where outstanding clinical care coexists with world-renowned research.
Our story on the new Cardiovascular Care and Prevention Center at our Mission Bay campus is a tale of modifying traditional, highly personalized cardiac care with interdisciplinary consultations in a state-of-the-art facility. There, clinicians and researchers from the renowned Cardiovascular Research Institute support and inspire each other's work.
Three other stories in this issue explore how interdisciplinary care can optimally resolve disputed treatment choices for carotid artery stenosis, coronary artery disease and renal artery stenosis.
Finally, a story on management of a complex CAD/PAD patient highlights why interdisciplinary experience with the latest treatment modalities can save both life and limb for a man who otherwise would have had to suffer through an amputation.
Resolving these types of challenges is an ongoing collaboration among all of us in this profession. We look forward to continuing our discussions with all of you.
Jeffrey Olgin, M.D.
Chief of Cardiology at UCSF Medical Center
UCSF Heart & Vascular Center
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