Talk about the heart, and one thinks of the core of one’s being – love and emotions, beliefs and strengths. And yet, dysfunction of the four-chambered muscular organ – heart disease – is the primary cause of death in this country and worldwide.
When it comes to cardiovascular research, scientists and physicians at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA are turning uncertainty into success. UCLA researchers are finding new therapies, discovering the root causes of cardiovascular disease from the inside out, and creating cures to save people’s lives.
At UCLA, our 160 cardiovascular research laboratories, working together with teams of physicians and health care professionals are united in a mission to understand the roots of this complex disease. We are designing therapies and interventions that do not just prevent heart disease but effectively treat it.
Together, they are focusing on the following key areas:
Cardiovascular disease treatment is undergoing a revolution – and UCLA physicians and researchers are among the leaders of that revolution.
“Few places have the ability to transcend these different levels of innovation, from device to surgical procedure innovation to molecular diagnostics to new therapies. We are already a leader in the field, and we expect our progress to greatly accelerate under the Cardiovascular Theme,” says Dr. Yibin Wang, a UCLA professor of anesthesiology, medicine and physiology and Chair of UCLA’s Cardiovascular Theme.
To date, UCLA researchers have:
Their discoveries will also help treat other diseases. What our scientists and physicians learn about cardiovascular disease will have implications for other diseases.
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