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UC Davis Health GETTING TO THE HEART OF WOMEN’S HEALTH D r. Amparo Villablanca is a pioneer heart disease prevention, the molecular and physician-scientist. This UC cellular determinants of atherosclerosis, Davis Health cardiologist leads how hormones regulate susceptibility to the way in the field of women and heart cardiovascular disease, and the foundations disease — in 1994, she launched the first of neurovascular inflammation that may program in the nation focused on women’s lead to vascular dementia. heart health, the UC Davis Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine Program. Her efforts, together with those of the now more robust nationwide network of The program’s roots are in Dr. Villablanca’s women’s heart health specialists, have passions. Early in her career, she learned helped reduce heart disease deaths in that heart disease was the leading killer of women. Yet, more work is needed. women, yet there was a lack of knowledge about heart disease in women, even among medical specialists. She committed herself to finding solutions and offering hope to women afflicted by heart disease. “Heart disease remains the leading killer of women, but only about half of women realize this is so. Research funding also remains low, there are still many gaps in and deaths from heart disease are rising symptoms are more subtle, and they don’t among younger women,” Dr. Villablanca always receive the proven medications adds. “We need to change all of that.” says Dr. Villablanca. “I’m passionate about reducing heart disease deaths in women through community engagement and — DR. AMPARO VILLABLANCA ” Physician-Scientist knowledge about heart disease in women, “Heart disease is different for women. Their and post-heart-attack care that men do,” “ I’m passionate about reducing heart disease deaths in women through community engagement and gender-based clinical care and research. Profile Sponsored By For more information about the UC Davis Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine Program, visit womenshearthealth.ucdavis.edu. gender-based clinical care and research.” Dr. Villablanca’s research — funded by an endowment, private foundations, the U.S. UC Davis Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine Program Department of Health and Human Services, Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center and the National Institutes of Health — focuses on finding effective models for 4860 Y St., Sacramento, CA 95817 Request a consultation: 916-734-3761 Make a donation: 916-734-9416 womenshearthealth.ucdavis.edu April 2019 | comstocksmag.com 41