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Why choose UCSF?

World-class expertise

Our heart and vascular experts have advanced training in all cardiology subspecialties. Patients from all over the Bay Area, across the nation and beyond come to UCSF because we excel at treating every kind of heart condition, from the common to the rare and complex.

Convenient, around-the-clock care

We offer heart and vascular care in all nine Bay Area counties and have a 24-hour cross-disciplinary team of specialists on call for heart attacks in which mechanical support is needed. Our experts collaborate with other departments, such as oncology and pulmonology, in complex cases, and our on-site laboratories mean patients get their test results faster.

Gentler approaches

UCSF heart surgeons have special training in minimally invasive procedures, such as the mini-thoracotomy, hemi-sternotomy, minimally invasive mitral valve surgery and minimally invasive aortic valve surgery. In addition, UCSF is one of the few hospitals in California to offer minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting. The benefits of these techniques include less postsurgical pain, smaller scars and shorter hospital stays, all of which help patients feel better faster and return to their regular activities sooner.

Innovative treatments

We save patients' lives with state-of-the-art techniques and strategies. UCSF researchers developed or refined many of the cutting-edge treatments we use, including ablation to treat arrhythmias and cardiac resynchronization therapy to treat heart failure.

Awards & recognition

  • usnews-neurology

    Among the top hospitals in the nation

  • One of the nation’s best in cardiology & heart surgery

  • Rated high-performing hospital for heart attack

  • Rated high-performing hospital for heart bypass surgery

  • Rated high-performing hospital for heart failure

  • Rated high-performing hospital for abdominal aortic aneurysm

  • Rated high-performing hospital for transcatheter aortic valve replacement

Where we offer heart care (15)

    Patient stories

    A Gentler Approach to Heart Valve Replacement

    A pioneering and less invasive procedure enabled this patient born with heart defects to avoid the trauma of another open heart surgery. Here's his story.

    Heart Condition Care: AFib Patient Gets Her Life Back

    Discover how medications, surgery, and a 24-hour UCSF call number eased Kathi Sigona's anxiety, controlled her arrhythmia and let her work and travel again.

    Patient stories