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At UCSF Health, we specialize in the kind of exceptional care required to meet the challenges of advanced heart and vascular conditions. With treatments ranging from minimally invasive heart surgery to limb-preserving vascular procedures to pioneering techniques for arrhythmias, our providers are experts in managing even the most complicated cases. We use state-of-the-art techniques to save lives and help our patients recover quickly. Many of these treatments were developed and refined right here at UCSF.

UCSF brings world-class expertise to heart and vascular care

UCSF’s 35 years of heart transplant experience

A leader in treating advanced heart failure, UCSF performed nearly 80 heart transplants in 2023. Learn about our care team's commitment to cutting-edge technologies and techniques.

New arrhythmia treatment allows for faster, safer recovery

An innovative therapy being tested at UCSF uses targeted electrical pulses to treat atrial fibrillation (Afib), dramatically reducing the associated risks and treatment time.

First-of-its-kind amputation prevention center offers hope for the toughest cases

For patients with vascular conditions, this UCSF center combines multidisciplinary specialists in numerous fields with groundbreaking research to offer treatments and personalized follow-up care not available at most facilities.

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, comprehensive 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. Our experts collaborate with other departments on complex cases, and our on-site laboratories mean patients get test results faster.

Gentler approaches

UCSF surgeons have special training in minimally invasive heart procedures, including robotic surgery. Compared with traditional approaches, the benefits of these techniques include less postsurgical pain, smaller scars and shorter hospital stays, all of which help patients feel better faster.

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.

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    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.

    "Symphony" of Care Saves Patient After Heart Attack

    John Carroll fully recovered from three heart attacks thanks to a coordinated care team of emergency doctors, interventional cardiologists and other providers at UCSF Health.

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    Awards & recognition

    • usnews-neurology

      Among the top hospitals in the nation

    • One of the nation's best in cardiology and heart & vascular 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