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Department of Internal Medicine

Department of Internal Medicine

Appointments & Referrals

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Physician Referral Center
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Women's Cardiovascular Medicine Program

The UC Davis Women's Cardiovascular Medicine Program offers state-of-the-art heart health care for women, education services and studies on women's heart-health issues. Directed by Amparo C. Villablanca, professor of cardiovascular medicine, the program is staffed by a comprehensive team of physicians and nurses at UC Davis Medical Center.

The cornerstone of the program is the Women's Cardiovascular Medicine Clinic, which provides dedicated care for women who are at risk for or who have heart disease. The clinic's health-care team employs a multidisciplinary approach that emphasizes prevention and attention to the heart-health issues that are unique to women.

Services offered

Because heart disease can be related to a variety of hereditary, lifestyle and environmental factors, the clinic offers a wide range of preventive, diagnostic, risk assessment, treatment, educational and referral services, including:

  • Specialty cardiovascular medicine
  • Primary care in women's health
  • Risk factor analysis and intervention, including diagnosis and treatment of lipid disorders
  • Gynecological evaluation and screening: mammography, pap smears
  • Dietary intervention, smoking cessation, exercise training and stress reduction
  • Patient teaching and educational sessions
  • Women's mental health-care services
  • Participation in women's cardiovascular research studies at UC Davis
Heart conditions in women

A variety of cardiac conditions can signal heart disease in women, including:

  • Coronary artery disease (myocardial infarction - heart attack; angina - cardiac chest pain; and sudden death)
  • Mitral valve prolapse
  • Congenital heart disease (heart disease that a woman is born with)
  • Valvular heart disease (abnormalities of the heart valves)
  • Hypertension or stroke (high blood pressure or "brain attack")
  • Heart disease during or following pregnancy
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Chest pain associated with panic or anxiety disorders or depression
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) or hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol)
  • Spasm of the heart arteries (Prinzmetal's angina) and micro-vascular angina

 All of these conditions are treatable and, with proper medical management, can be detected early or prevented.