Center for Integrative Research on Cardiovascular Aging (CIRCA)
Preserve Wellness & Prevent Heart Diseases Associated with Aging
Aurora Health Care helps people live well through research innovation. The Research team at Aurora Health Care is committed to providing cutting edge research in the laboratory, integrating this knowledge at the patient’s bedside and communicating these valuable patient-centered discoveries to the community.
Patient-centered outcomes are the focus of research at Aurora Health Care, and the Center for Integrative Research on Cardiovascular Aging (CIRCA) is an integral part of this research mission. The work of the CIRCA team fits nicely with existing research programs that include Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Heart Failure, Cell Therapy, Regenerative Medicine and Biomedical Research among others.
The focus of CIRCA’s current research studies, which are supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, are on understanding the biology of the aging heart and aging-associated heart diseases.
With the rapid increase in the elderly population the health care cost is rising with increase in prevalance of aging associated diseases. CIRCA’s research mission to design and develop novel therapies to reduce heart diseases is timely and Important to preserve community health and manage health care costs.
By exploring the molecular mechanisms responsible for the aging heart’s decreased stress tolerance, the team seeks to develop new, evidence-based strategies for early detection of disease susceptibility and therapeutic interventions to protect the heart – enabling medical providers to prevent, avert or treat abnormalities before diseases such as arrhythmias or heart failure appear.
One of the major challenges our society faces are diseases associated with the aging process that utilize a large portion of health care resources. The goal of CIRCA is to understand the biology of aging and aging-associated diseases and to design novel strategies to prevent such diseases, promote wellness and preserve health in the community.
Arshad Jahangir, MD is the Director for CIRCA and a Professor of Medicine at the Aurora University of Wisconsin Medical Group (AUWMG) and the University of Wisconsin Madison - School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, Wi. Before joining Aurora Health Care, he was a Professor of Medicine and Director of the CardioGerontology Research Laboratory at Mayo Clinic where he worked for 21 years.
Dr. Jahangir directs a team of multidisciplinary researchers, including Ekhson Holmuhamedov, PhD, Larisa Emelyanova, PhD and Mahek Mirza, MD, and other research staff whose specialized background in clinical and basic research puts them in a unique position to examine the molecular basis for cardiovascular aging.
The CIRCA team at Aurora Health Care works closely with other health care providers and the public to become a part of this important research. This partnership will advance awareness about prevention of aging-associated cardiovascular diseases, helping to reduce the burden of diseases in the community and design novel anti-aging approaches. CIRCA is a tremendous addition to Aurora Health Care’s mission to help people live well.