Cardiovascular Disease


Contact information

Laura-Mae Baldwin, MD, MPH
Phone: (206) 685-4799
Jonathan A. Drezner, MD
Annette Fitzpatrick, PhD


Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S., and an emerging epidemic in developing countries worldwide. Researchers across our department are developing and testing strategies to decrease CVD risk factors, examining adherence to contraceptive guidelines for women with CVD, and screening athletes for risk of sudden cardiac death.

Research projects

·       Blood pressure kiosks: Implementation of a Self-Service Blood Pressure Kiosk in a Primary Care Clinic.
·       Center for Sports Cardiology: multiple studies on surveillance, diagnosis and the prevention of sudden cardiac arrest and sudden cardiac death in young athletes.
·       MESA: We are associated with the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, an ongoing longitudinal cohort initiated in 2000 to investigate risk factors for subclinical CVD. Participants include 6814 adults age 45-84 years at baseline of four racial/ethnic categories, White, Black, Hispanic and Chinese, at six US clinical sites.