Heart Disease

UC San Diego doctors share insights on heart health in La Jolla

UC San Diego doctors share insights on heart health in La Jolla

For the better part of this century, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported the leading cause of death as heart disease. In women’s cases, however, there are diagnostic challenges and increased risk factors associated with heart disease. In honor of Heart Health Month (February), three UC San Diego Health professionals spoke about heart disease, Feb. 15 at the Altman Clinical & Translational Research Institute on campus.

Cardiothoracic surgeon Joelle Coletta said the common risk factors for heart disease include smoking (but women have a 25 percent higher incidence of cardiovascular disease than male smokers); obesity and hypertension...

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