Winter 2013

Perspective — More Than a Catchphrase

Patient-centered care is easy to talk about but challenging to deliver. It demands a team of experienced physicians and a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration that fosters the most informed decisions possible for each patient.

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Advanced Heart Failure Patients Benefit From Collaboration and Options

Optimizing outcomes for advanced heart failure patients depends on a collaborative approach that considers both physical and psychosocial factors and a full array of potential therapies, including the new HeartWare pump for mechanical circulatory support.

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Why Ablation for Ventricular Tachycardia May Be Underused

New techniques make ablation an increasingly attractive option for ventricular tachycardia (VT) because it can reduce the risks and side effects associated with medications, completely cure about half of the patients with VT and reduce the number of episodes for another 30 percent of patients.

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New Procedure Combats Risk of Stroke From Atrial Fibrillation

Percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) ligation, pioneered at UCSF Medical Center, reduces the risks of thrombus formation with the LAA, which is often the source of stroke-causing clots associated with atrial fibrillation.

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Expanding Options for Treating Complex Aortic Aneurysms

Advances in and experience with the treatment of complex aortic aneurysms, especially the use of novel endovascular devices and hybrid procedures, allow physicians to offer the best possible treatment to each patient and to broaden the list of viable candidates.

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Continuing Medical Education

See information on upcoming continuing medical education courses.

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Heart and Vascular Center Referrals

To make a referral or get information about the UCSF Heart and Vascular Center, call (888) HVC-8911 or (888) 482-9911.

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