Women’s heart health, prevention, chocolateExpert: Pam R. Taub, MD, FACC, cardiologist, assistant professor of medicine

Taub focuses on preventive cardiology. She takes an evidence-based approach that is tailored to the individual patient, with the goal of minimizing medications and procedures. Taub has published studies that show how epicatechin (a compound found in dark chocolate) can improve mitochondrial structure and exercise capacity in patients with heart failure and diabetes.

Women’s heart health, “Go Red for Women,” heart failure, organ transplantsExpert: Anna McDivit, MD, cardiologist, associate professor of medicine

McDivit is a clinical cardiologist with interest in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of atherosclerotic heart disease and congestive heart failure. She is involved in the care of patients before and after solid organ transplant and collaborates closely with the transplant teams at UC San Diego Health System. In addition, she is involved in the promotion of cardiovascular health in women and the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women" campaign.

Palpitations and other heart rhythm issuesExpert: Jonathan Hsu, MD, MAS, cardiologist, assistant clinical professor of medicine

Hsu is an expert in heart rhythm-related issues, such as palpitations. He can answer questions on how to detect heart rhythm issues and what to do about them. Hsu recently published studies on prescribing blood thinners to prevent stroke in atrial fibrillation patients and the best day/time to undergo an elective procedure called ICD implantation.

Innovative stroke treatments, “Stroke Camp” Expert: Alexander A. Khalessi, MD, assistant professor of surgery and neurosciences, director of neurovascular surgery, surgical director of neurocritical care

Khalessi can discuss two major surgical advances in treating stroke: A device for opening blocked arteries in the A device to treat aneurisms via minimally invasive surgery

He can also explain the advantages of having access to a Comprehensive Stroke Center, as can be found at UC San Diego Health System. Last month, Khalessi was instrumental in organizing San Diego’s first “Stroke Camp,” in which 15 stroke survivors and their caregivers enjoyed a 1950s-themed mini-vacation and therapeutic retreat.