Arantxa Barandiaran, was born in San Sebastián (Spain) in 1984. She completed High School at the Colegio Santa Maria Marianistas in San Sebastián in 2002 and started her medical degree at the University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) that she then completed in 2009.
During her medical studies she had the opportunity to improve her medical education by gaining experience in several national and international medical centers. The internship that she took in the summer of 2008 in the department of cardiology in the Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC+) was a turning point in her career.
A year later she took the decision to emigrate to the Netherlands and started gaining experience in medical cardiology working as an cardiologist still not in training , first in Atrium Medisch Centrum (Heerlen) under supervision of Dr. J.A. Kragten and Dr. C.J.M. van de Berg, and afterwards in the Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC+) under the supervision of Prof. H.J.G.M. Crijns and Dr. E.C. Cheriex.
In September 2011 she started officially with her cardiology residency of which she courses the fifth year.
In April 2016 she started working on her PhD under supervision of Dr Vanessa van Empel, Prof. Blanche Schroen and Dr Marc van Bilsen at the University of Maastricht, investigating the pathophysiology of HFPEF and possibilities for an earlier diagnosis of HFPEF. Her work involves METC- approved research in patients with HFpEF and employs Cardiac-MRI to investigate cardiac perfusion, CMR to investigate skeletal muscle energy status, as well as diverse measurements of peripheral endothelial function to associate HFpEF with systemic microvascular dysfunction.
In her personal life Arantxa likes to read, listen to music and practice sports, particularly jogging. Since 2014 she is happily married and is blessed with a wonderful family that supports her in all the projects were she gets enrolled.