Women's Cardiovascular Medicine Program
The UC Davis Women's Cardiovascular Medicine Program was established in June 1994 by cardiologist Amparo C. Villablanca to address the lack of awareness that heart disease is the leading killer of women. The program has four major focus areas: patient care, education, research and advocacy.
This pioneering program — one of the few of its kind in the United States — has been singled out for distinction by the governor of California for its unique, interdisciplinary approach to heart care that integrates primary and specialty health services. The program is also linked with a variety of community organizations, medical groups and government agencies in resolving the cardiovascular health concerns of women, expanding awareness among physicians and patients about the risks of heart disease among women, and decreasing cardiovascular disease risk and mortality for women.
View a video about the UC Davis Women's Cardiovascular Medicine Program and its unique partnership
with the UC Davis Department of Design in creating a collection of student-designed red dresses that
bring the heart health awareness message to a younger generation of women.
Heart health resources
Information about healthy eating, physical activity, quitting smoking and more
- 10 heart-healthy steps
- Low-sodium eating
- Physical activity guide
- 10,000 steps a day
- Quitting smoking
- The Heart Truth action plan
Guidelines for tracking your cardiovascular disease risk