Ryan Laponis, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Location and Office HoursUCSF Internal Medicine
San Francisco, CA 94143
- monday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- tuesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- wednesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- thursday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- Anthem Blue Cross of California
- Blue Shield of California
- CIGNA HealthCare
- Chinese Community Health Plan
- Great-West Healthcare CIGNA
- Health Net
- Health Plan of San Mateo
- Kaiser Permanente Health Plans Northern California
- On Lok Senior Health Services
- PacifiCare/Secure Horizons
- San Francisco Health Plan
- Santa Clara Family Health Plan
- TRICARE West/Healthcare Alliance
- United Healthcare, California
- UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion
What kind of training do medical specialists have?
Every physician who is board certified has earned the right to call themselves a specialist. For example, Family Practitioners and Internists are Primary Care specialists. However, some physicians go beyond initial board certification in Internal Medicine and become board certified in specialties such as cardiology, geriatrics or endocrinology. Some physicians also train in the specialty of pediatrics take additional fellowship training to become specialists in a pediatric sub-specialty such as pediatric gastroenterology or pediatric infectious disease.
How does coronary heart disease (CHD) progress?
HealthyWomen answeredCoronary heart disease (CHD) starts with atherosclerosis, a process in which fatty substances build up inside the walls of blood vessels. Blood components also stick on the surface inside vessel walls making the vessels narrower and eventually "hardened" and less flexible. The buildup, or "plaque," may also break apart, which can further limit blood flow. The buildup and narrowing proceed gradually and result in decreasing blood flow, followed by CHD symptoms.
How many women in the United States die each year from heart disease?
Heart disease remains the number one cause of death in the United States for both men and women. Heart disease, in all its forms, is responsible for more than 400,000 deaths a year among women -- more than all forms of cancer combined. And although new research on the importance of heart-healthy diets, exercise, and quitting smoking has decreased heart disease rates among men in the past 30 years, the rate for women hasn’t budged, according to a report from the National Institute of Nursing.
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