Heart Health e-News: January 2014 - Top Cardiologists in Los Angeles...Again

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Hello, here is your January 2014 issue of Heart Health e-Newslettter.
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Happy and Healthy New Year!
Dr. Caren and Dr. Urman's Heart Health

One of a doctor’s primary obligations is to educate patients.  In fact the origin of the word ‘doctor’ is (via Old French) from the Latin doctor which means ‘teacher’ (from docere ‘teach’).

This complimentary monthly educational service is for our patients and their families but please forward it to anyone who might find it of interest. Click here to enter our website and learn more about our practice. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or wish to make an appointment. 

As seen in Los Angeles Magazine
Both Drs Caren and Urman named to Super Doctors
for the third straight year and

Enhanced Access Membership Program (EAMP)

  • Personalized concierge services not covered by private insurance or Medicare
  • Pharmacy Discount Card for all EAMP members
  • Three annual membership options to choose from (Select, Premier and Concierge Plans). Patients choose what works best for them.
  • Increasing levels of priority and enhanced access for routine appointments and testing.
  • Increased phone and email access to our staff and doctors on routine matters
  • Priority completion of administrative paper-work with fees waived
  • Global CARE coverage (for concierge level members - critical care air rescue and evacuation anywhere in the world with the backing of your cardiologist and the Cleveland Clinic)
  • Validated parking (Premier and Concierge members) and convenient VIP parking (Concierge members) for office visits.

Patient Service That You and Your Cardiologist Aspire To

If you are not a current EAMP member, and wish to maximize your experience with our office and your top-tier cardiologist, click here for more information or call our office manager, Gwen Owens at 310.659.0714.

Drs. Caren and Urman are proud to be Attending Cardiologists in the # 1 Heart Program in Los Angeles
The # 1 Heart Program in The Western US.

Ranked among the Top 10 Heart Programs in the nation by US News & World Report. 
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is on the prestigious Best Hospitals 2013 - 14 Honor Roll.

 Keep up with the latest in heart health and our office


Health News

Unhealthy Cholesterol Levels Might Raise Alzheimer's Risk
Keeping cholesterol under control may help brain as well as heart, study suggests

MONDAY, Dec. 30, 2013 Keeping "bad" cholesterol in check and increasing "good" cholesterol is not only good for your heart, but also your brain, new research suggests.

A study from the University of California, Davis,... » Read the full article

Walk More to Cut Heart Attack and Stroke Risk, Study Suggests
People with pre-diabetes appear to benefit from adding extra steps to their daily stroll

FRIDAY, Dec. 20, 2013 Walking more is a simple way for people at high risk for type 2 diabetes to greatly reduce their risk of heart disease, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 9,300 adults... » Read the full article

Fiber-Rich Foods May Cut Your Risk of Heart Disease
International study looked at fiber from wide range of sources

THURSDAY, Dec. 19, 2013 Boosting the amount of fiber in your diet may lower your risk for heart disease, a new study finds.

"With so much controversy causing many to avoid carbohydrates and... » Read the full article

Anxiety Tied to Stroke Risk in Study
But direct link not proven

THURSDAY, Dec. 19, 2013 Could anxiety boost the risk for stroke? A new long-term study suggests just that -- the greater the anxiety, the greater the risk for stroke.

Study participants who suffered the most anxiety h... » Read the full article

As Body Weight Rises, So Do Health Costs, Study Finds
Increased expenses seen even at healthy weights

THURSDAY, Dec. 19, 2013 The more people weigh, the higher their health care costs, a new study finds.

The findings may give people another reason to pledge to shed excess pounds next year, the Duke University research... » Read the full article

Americans Still Eat Too Much Salt: CDC
New strategies needed to reduce risk of high blood pressure, experts say

THURSDAY, Dec. 19 Americans' love of salt has continued unabated in the 21st century, putting people at risk for high blood pressure, the leading cause of heart attack and stroke, U.S. health officials said Thursday.

... » Read the full article

'Stress Gene' Might Raise Odds for Heart Attack, Death, Study Shows
Duke study finds genetic variation impacts those with heart disease

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18, 2013 A genetic variant occurring in a significant number of people with heart disease appears to raise the odds for heart attack or death by 38 percent, a new study suggests.

This "stress reaction ... » Read the full article

Experts: Don't Waste Your Money on Multivitamins
Three studies find the supplements don't help extend life or ward off heart disease and memory loss

MONDAY, Dec. 16, 2013 With three new studies finding that a daily multivitamin won't help boost the average American's health, the experts behind the research are urging people to abandon use of the supplements.

The s... » Read the full article

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January 03, 2014

Stay In Touch


Shingles can increase risk of heart attack, stroke, study says
The average patient who suffers a resurgence of the dormant chickenpox virus known as herpes zoster -- or shingles -- has a higher risk of heart attack or mild stroke two decades or more after the blisters and rash recede (LA Times)
An Apple a Day...
...might help keep heart attacks and strokes away (CBC News)
More Helpful Fatty Acids Found in Organic Milk
Whole milk from organic dairies contains far more of some of the fatty acids that contribute to a healthy heart than conventional milk (NY Times)
Aspirin risks may outweigh benefits in healthy adults
Healthy adults who take daily aspirin to stave off heart disease may be inviting more harm than benefit, according to a new review of past studies (Reuters)
Are Your Arteries Too Healthy for Aspirin?
Find out what your risk of heart attack or stroke is with a painless, non-invasive, 5 minute test
New Blood Pressure Guidelines Raise the Bar for Taking Medications in Those Older Than 60
Expert panel says treating some earlier with drugs shows little benefit, but other expert cardiology groups express concern
Physicians Divided Over New Blood Pressure Guidelines
New blood-pressure guidelines raise concern among heart-health groups (Washington Post)
Common Blood Pressure Meds May Cut Risk of Early Death in Kidney Patients: Study
Drugs called ACE inhibitors and ARBs may help patients avoid dialysis as well, researchers say
Too Few Americans Aware of Their High Blood Pressure: Study
Researchers looked at nearly 70,000 adults in southeastern U.S
What is Hypertension?
Find out more about why high blood pressure is harmful
Dementia Risk Might Rise for Older Women With Heart Disease
Study found 29 percent higher odds of mental decline compared to women with healthy hearts
ICD-10 To Represent Sea Change In Medical Billing
Once Healthcare.gov glitches are (hopefully) behind us, more complex computerized billing codes for healthcare services are due to start in the fall (NY Times)
Genetic Sequencing Still Far Outside The Mainstream
Gene tests raise murky medical issues (Boston Globe)
Direct-to-Consumer DNA Tests Vary in Results
The results don't always agree raising concerns over lack of standardization and accuracy of genetic testing (NY Times)
With A-Fib Rhythms, Higher Odds of Stroke
When a lean, healthy, physically active person has a stroke, seemingly out of the blue, the cause may well be a heart rhythm abnormality called atrial fibrillation (NY Times)
Health Tip: Opt for Heart-Healthy Foods in the New Year
Choose items rich in antioxidants
Eating Your Way to a Healthy Heart
Read about proven types of daily diets that can reduce the odds of heart disease
Tips to Jump-Start Your New Year's Resolutions
Expert advice on putting weight-loss, healthy-eating and exercise plans in motion
The Best New Year's Resolutions Are Those You Can Keep
Taking small steps may help you reach goals by keeping you from getting discouraged, expert says
Peer Pressure May Influence Your Food Choices
Researchers found people were more likely to eat what they thought others were eating
Health Tip: Eat Smart
Don't overdo it at a restaurant
Working Out May Help Counteract Holiday Eating
Men who overstuffed but exercised showed less harm to their health in study
Heartening Drop in Diabetes Complications Seen Among Seniors
But low blood sugar, a side effect of treatment, remains a concern, study authors say
Study Finds Black Women Most Likely to Have High Blood Pressure
Treatment focus must shift from middle-aged male smokers, researcher says
Quit-Smoking Products Won't Harm the Heart, Review Finds
But patients should not keep smoking while on nicotine-replacement therapy, experts warn
Snow-Shoveling Health Tips as Winter Looms
Combination of exertion and cold weather poses heart attack risk, expert warns
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