Winter 2010

Perspective: In with the Old, In with the New

Providing the finest care for cardiovascular disease means that physicians must thoughtfully balance scientific advances with proven treatment approaches. The new Cardiovascular Care and Prevention Center at Mission Bay maximizes the ability of care teams to strike the right balance.

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New Cardiovascular Care and Prevention Center at Mission Bay

At the newly relocated UCSF Center for Prevention of Heart and Vascular Disease, patients at risk for cardiac events can work with centrally located teams of physicians, nurses, radiologists, dietitians and others to efficiently craft prevention programs tailored to each patient's specific needs.

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Center Earns Blue Distinction

By designating the UCSF Heart and Vascular Center a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care, Blue Shield of California has confirmed that UCSF Medical Center meets clear, evidence-based criteria, developed in collaboration with expert physicians and medical organizations.

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Case Study: Interdisciplinary Treatment Saves Patient's Limb

When tests revealed that an active 74-year-old man had extensive peripheral and coronary artery disease, an expert heart surgeon, a cardiologist and a vascular surgeon teamed to save the man’s leg from amputation and restore the quality of his life.

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Determining the Best Treatment for Multivessel CAD

UCSF interventional cardiologists and heart surgeons draw on recent research, deep experience and strong communication to decide the best approach for each individual's multivessel coronary artery disease. Some cases require percutaneous catheter intervention, others coronary artery bypass grafts, and still others require procedures that take advantage of both techniques.

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Stroke Prevention: Stenting vs. Surgery

Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Michael S. Conte, M.D., discusses why, despite some misleading headlines, the findings from two recent studies indicate that preventing stroke in patients with carotid stenosis remains a matter of carefully assessing each patient and matching that patient with the correct procedure.

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Renal Artery Revascularization Still Best Option for Select Patients

Some recent studies have questioned the benefits of renal artery revascularization. But for patients with severe stenosis and complicating conditions, revascularization should be the primary option.

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CME Courses

See information on upcoming continuing medical education courses.

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Heart and Vascular Center Referrals

To make a referral or to get information about the UCSF Heart and Vascular Center, call (888) HVC–9911 or (888) 482–9911.

Heart and Vascular Center Emergent Transfer Protocol

Possible Diagnosis for Emergent Transfer:

  • Acute aortic syndromes: dissection, symptomatic abdominal or thoracic aneurysm
  • Acute visceral or limb-threatening lower extremity ischemia
  • Cardiogenic shock or severe heart failure requiring evaluation for ventricular assist device or heart transplant
  • Severe lung failure requiring evaluation for extracorporeal life support (ECLS) or lung transplant
  • ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction
  • Ventricular tachycardia

Physician Liaison Service

The UCSF Physician Liaison Service provides assistance and information to referring physicians, medical groups and health plans. Please call the Physician Liaison Service or visit

Phone: (800) 444-2559
Fax: (415) 353-4395

Transfer Center

The UCSF Transfer Center is open 24 hours daily to coordinate the transfer of your patients to UCSF Medical Center from hospitals throughout the region.

Phone: (415) 353-9166
Fax: (415) 353-9172