NEWS | April 25, 2012

Free lecture on "What Happens When You Have a Heart Attack"


The community is invited to a special lecture by UC Davis physicians Javier López and Ehrin Armstrong  on "What Happens When You Have a Heart Attack" on Friday, April 27, at 6 p.m. at Underground Books, located at 2814 35th Street in Sacramento.

Sponsored by the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center, the event is free and no reservations are required.

Javier Lopez © UC Regents
Javier López

López and Armstrong will cover the symptoms and outcomes of a cardiac event, together with the latest diagnostic and treatment approaches. Current understanding of the cellular foundations of heart disease will also be covered.

Following their presentations, the team will engage the audience in a discussion about reasons for delaying heart-attack treatment.

"Research and our own experiences show that too many people wait too long before seeking help for heart-attack symptoms," said López. "We want to know from their perspectives why that happens, so we can begin to overcome those barriers in our outreach programs. Even the best interventions can have limited efficacy if too much time passes following a heart attack."

Armstrong is a cardiology fellow who specializes in improving endovascular treatments and outcomes for heart disease. Lopez is an assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine whose research focuses on understanding cardiac hypertrophy - or heart-muscle thickening - and developing therapies that regenerate damaged heart tissue.

For more information about the lecture, call 916-703-9142.

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