Heart Health e-News: January 2013

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January 04, 2013

In This Issue
Lifestyle Affects Outcome of Peripheral Artery Procedure: Study
Survival Equal in 2 Types of Abdominal Aneurysm Repair: Study
Fish Oil Supplements Won't Prevent Irregular Heart Beat: Study
FDA: Don't Use Pradaxa Blood Thinner in Patients With Artificial Heart Valves
Aerobic Exercise Seems Best for Weight, Fat Loss
New Blood Thinner May Help Prevent Leg Clots, Study Finds
Lifestyle Changes Key to Weight Loss in New Year
Regular Exercise May Add Years to Life, Study Finds
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  • Increased phone and email access to our staff and doctors on routine matters (Introducing a new benefit in 2013: Scheduled telephone appointments for Premier and Concierge level members - so you don't play phone tag with your cardiologist!)
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  • New special benefit for Concierge level members in 2013:  Global CARE (Critical Care Air Evacuation - world-wide medical transport coverage arranged by your cardiologist and the Cleveland Clinic to any hospital of your choice)

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Health News

Lifestyle Affects Outcome of Peripheral Artery Procedure: Study

Taking aspirin, statins and not smoking helps people with blocked leg arteries avoid complications

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26 Patients with blocked leg arteries are less likely to suffer complications after a procedure to open their arteries if they quit smoking and take aspirin and cholesterol-lowering statins, a new study indicates.

However, too few ... » Read the full article

Survival Equal in 2 Types of Abdominal Aneurysm Repair: Study

Less-invasive endovascular method now an acceptable alternative to open surgery, Hopkins researcher says

FRIDAY, Dec. 21 Long-term survival rates are similar for patients who undergo less-invasive or open surgery to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm, a new study finds.

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a bulge in the wall of the part of the aorta -- ... » Read the full article

Fish Oil Supplements Won't Prevent Irregular Heart Beat: Study

For patients with atrial fibrillation, omega-3 fatty acids seem ineffective

THURSDAY, Dec. 20 Some research has suggested that the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can help prevent an irregular heart beat called atrial fibrillation. However, a new study finds these supplements have little effect on the condition once it develops.» Read the full article

FDA: Don't Use Pradaxa Blood Thinner in Patients With Artificial Heart Valves

Warning based on European trial showing increased risk for strokes, heart attacks in this group

THURSDAY, Dec. 20 The blood thinner Pradaxa should not be used to prevent stroke or blood clots in patients with mechanical heart valves, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a warning issued Wednesday.

As the agency noted, a clinical tri... » Read the full article

Aerobic Exercise Seems Best for Weight, Fat Loss

Researchers compared it to resistance training, found it more effective

SATURDAY, Dec. 15 If you want to burn fat and lose weight, aerobic exercise beats resistance training, a new study says.

"We not trying to discourage people from resistance training," said study author Leslie Willis, clinical research coordinator ... » Read the full article

New Blood Thinner May Help Prevent Leg Clots, Study Finds

Apixaban appears safer, easier to use than warfarin, but just as effective, researchers say

SATURDAY, Dec. 8 The new anti-clotting drug apixaban (Eliquis) appears to help prevent potentially fatal blood clots in patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a new Italian study finds.

People who suffer from venous thromboembolism are prone t... » Read the full article

Lifestyle Changes Key to Weight Loss in New Year

Small steps can help people finally achieve that elusive resolution, expert says

SUNDAY, Dec. 30 Many people will resolve to lose weight in 2013 but few of them will take the right steps to achieve that goal, an expert says.

"January is the time of year when gyms get flooded with new and returning members ready to try Zumba or... » Read the full article

Regular Exercise May Add Years to Life, Study Finds

Biggest boost was seen in black women; effect didn't hold for Hispanics, for reasons unclear

TUESDAY, Dec. 11 A new study suggests that physically active people are likely to live several years longer than inactive people.

The findings don't say anything about whether those extra years are good ones, and the limits of the research don't p... » Read the full article

New Anti Clotting Drug Approved to Reduce Risk of Stroke
  FDA approves Eliquis to reduce the risk of stroke, blood clots in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation
From the Doctors' Desk: New Alternatives to Coumadin (warfarin)
  In the last 2 years, new alternative blood thinners to reduce the risk of stroke in the treatment of atrial fibrillation provide doctors and their patients more options
What is Atrial Fibrillation?
  Read more about the most common arrhythmia and how it increases the risk of stroke.
Treating Kidneys With Radio Waves May Ease Tough-to-Control Hypertension
  Small study found technique seemed to work in patients, but it has yet to win FDA approval
What is Hypertension?
  Read more about high blood pressure and how this "silent killer" can be effectively treated.
New Guidelines Seek to Streamline Care for Worst Heart Attacks
  Time is of the essence to avoid brain damage and save lives, experts say
Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack)
  Get more information about heart attacks.
Eliminating Mouth-to-Mouth Boosts CPR Results: Study
  Used with automatic defibrillator, chest compression alone helped people survive cardiac arrest
Dr Urman on CBS 2 News About New CPR Guidelines
Fainting in Healthy People May Be First Sign of Heart Trouble
  Large Danish study suggests that even a single swoon merits a thorough health evaluation
Stress, Depression Linked to Raised Stroke Risk in Seniors
  People with the greatest distress had triple the risk of stroke-related death
Coronary Artery Disease Becoming Less Prevalent In Military Personnel
  The rate of signs of coronary disease has declined sharply in the last half century. It appears that national reductions in risk factors like hypertension, smoking and high cholesterol have had a positive effect although the nationwide rise in obesity and diabetes might still lead to future problems.
Winter Weather, Snow Shoveling Pose Heart Risks
  Expert gives tips for cold-weather heart health
Giving Plavix Before Angioplasty May Cut Heart Attack Risk: Study
  Review of the data does not show increase in overall survival, however
U.S. Lifestyles Thwarting Heart Health Progress: Report
  While there's been improvement, Americans still need to get off the couch and eat right
Junk Food Taxes Pay Off, Study Finds
  Food-pricing strategies can reduce dietary inequalities, researcher says
Even Light Smoking Boosts Women's Risk of Sudden Heart Death: Study
  As few as 1 to 14 cigarettes daily doubled risk, researchers found
Stop-Smoking Drug Chantix May Carry Heart Risks, FDA Warns
  Smokers should talk with their doctor before taking the drug, agency says
Drug May Help Women Who Quit Smoking Avoid Weight Gain
  Those who added naltrexone to smoking cessation therapy put on fewer pounds, study says
Saving Carbs for Dinnertime Might Help Control Weight
  Experimental diet offered benefits in small study, but experts say it's too soon to say it works
Health Tip: Will Cardiac Rehab Help?
  Here's a list of potential benefits
Health Tip: Get Ready for Cardiac Rehab
  Make sure the staff knows you and your history
Long-Term Aspirin Use Linked With Vision Loss (But absolute risk is very small)
  And the risk doesn't outweigh the benefit of aspirin in preventing heart attacks and strokes, experts say
Yo-Yo Dieting Can Hurt the Heart, Study Finds
  Older women who lose weight and then regain it may raise their risk of cardiovascular trouble
High Blood Pressure Poses Bigger Stroke Risk for Blacks, Study Says
  Chances of trouble were three times higher than among whites with hypertension
Kids and Healthy Eating Can Go Together
  Initiatives from cooking classes to 'teaching gardens' can make it happen
'Teaching Gardens' Nurture Kids' Interest in Healthy Foods
  An idea that began at the White House can take root in almost any home, one expert says
Health Tip: Think Before You Eat
  Are you really hungry?
Health Tip: Avoid Beginners' Workout Injuries
  Start slow after checking with your doctor
Olympic Medalists May Also Claim 'Survival Advantage'
  Both low- and high-impact sports add years to life, studies find
How Well Do You Rise From Sitting on the Floor?
  Ability to do this simple task may predict risk of dying, study suggests
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