Heart Health e-News: November 2013 - Eat To Your Heart's Content

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Hello, here is your November 2013 issue of Heart Health e-Newslettter.
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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’).

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  • Personalized concierge services not covered by private insurance or Medicare
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Current members should look for renewal information in the mail this month or speak to our staff if visiting our office before the end of the year.

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Drs. Caren and Urman have both been named as:
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

Radiation for Breast Cancer May Raise Heart Risks: Study
But experts say risk of cancer recurrence outweighs small chance of heart disease years later

MONDAY, Oct. 28 Radiation therapy for early stage breast cancer carries a small, but real, risk of heart disease, new research finds.

The lifetime risk ranges from 0.05 percent to 3.5 percent, depending on how the rad... » Read the full article

Study Links Americans' Low Fiber Intake to Higher Heart Risk
Research looked at a decade of data from thousands of U.S. adults

FRIDAY, Oct. 25 People who don't eat enough fiber seem at increased risk for heart problems, and too few Americans are consuming enough fiber, a new study says.

Researchers analyzed data collected from more than 23,00... » Read the full article

Common Blood Pressure Drugs Tied to Lower Risk of Alzheimer's: Study
Since some classes of meds had the effect but others didn't, more than just blood pressure may be at work

THURSDAY, Oct. 24 People who take certain commonly used blood pressure medications have a significantly lower risk for Alzheimer's disease than those who don't, a new study suggests.

Although it remains unclear exactl... » Read the full article

Your Flu Shot May Also Help Your Heart
Study found one-third lower risk of problems including heart attacks in vaccinated people

TUESDAY, Oct. 22 If avoiding an achy, feverish week or so laid up with the flu doesn't motivate you to get a flu shot, a new study linking flu shots to a lower incidence of heart disease might persuade you to roll up your sleev... » Read the full article

Link Seen Between Hardening of Arteries, Alzheimer's Plaques
Study of patients in their 80s looked at plaque deposits in their brains

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 16 Elderly people with hardening of the arteries are more likely to have brain plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease, a new study says.

The study included 91 people, average age 87, who did not h... » Read the full article

Bypass May Beat Angioplasty for Diabetics With Heart Disease
Study found higher quality of life after bypass than with less-invasive angioplasty

TUESDAY, Oct. 15 Generally, the less invasive a surgical procedure is, the better. But, that's not necessarily true for people with diabetes.

Recent research has found lower death rates and fewer heart attacks in peo... » Read the full article

Crohn's and Colitis May Be Tied to Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke
Review of previous studies finds link between inflammatory bowel disease and cardiovascular trouble

MONDAY, Oct. 14 People with inflammatory bowel disease may be at increased risk for heart attack and stroke, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 150,000 inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) pati... » Read the full article

Study Tallies Risk of Noncardiac Surgery After Heart Stent Placement
Those at highest odds for new heart attack, stroke include people with advanced disease

MONDAY, Oct. 7 Which heart patients receiving artery-opening stents are at highest risk for heart attack, stroke or other issues if they undergo a noncardiac surgery soon after the procedure?

A new study pinpoints two... » Read the full article

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November 01, 2013

Stay In Touch


Eat to Your Heart's Content
Read about heart-healthy diet options
Dr Urman Quoted by Yahoo News
He cautions against conclusions reached by controversial British cardiologist who suggests saturated fats are 'ok.' Dr Urman maintains that moderation and balance such as with a Mediterranean diet still is the best bet to guard against heart disease.
FDA Approves Non-surgical Device for Leaking Heart Valve
The MitraClip device helps stop mitral regurgitation in patients deemed unable to endure valve repair through open heart surgery (Reuters)
Learn More About Mitral Regurgitation
Whites at Highest Risk for Irregular Heart Rhythm, Study Finds
It's possible that a gene in European ancestry is linked to atrial fibrillation, researcher says
Learn More About Atrial Fibrillation
Taking All Heart Medications Regularly May Help Prevent Second Heart Attack
After a heart attack, patients often given 4 or more medicines for life. Those medicines only work to prevent another attack if the patient takes them all consistently and correctly, a new study shows (Reuters)
Gardening, Housework May Help Boost Your Heart Health
Study of Swedish seniors found a reduced death risk of up to 30 percent
Recreational Exercise, But Not Work, May Be Linked To Lower Risk Of Hypertension
Exercising for fun may lower the risk of high blood pressure, but heavy lifting on the job does not offer the same benefit, according to a new review of the evidence (Reuters Health)
Regular Brisk Walking May Confer Health Benefits.
New studies pinpoint even more health benefits to exercise, especially brisk walking (USA Today)
Change Unhealthy Habits Before Damage is Done
Target problems like smoking, poor eating and being overweight, heart association says
Health Habits Tied to Heart Disease, Arthritis Risk
Older women who exercise regularly and don't smoke may have a substantially lower risk of late-life disability than their peers with less-healthy habits (Reuters Health)
Certain Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs May Also Protect Patients' Hearts, Studies Find
Biologic drugs such as Enbrel, Humira may lower rate of heart attack, researchers say
Just 12 Percent of Women Over 50 Are 'Satisfied' With Their Bodies
Study finds that those who feel comfortable with their weight exercise often but rarely diet to stay thin
Stroke Affecting Younger People Worldwide, Study Shows
Preventive measures urgently needed to reverse this trend, researchers say
Even Minor Strokes May Take Years Off Life, Study Says
Prevention is crucial, neurologists agree
Stenting of Neck Arteries Tied to Higher Stroke Risk in Seniors
Evidence review comparing stent placement to procedure called endarterectomy found mixed results
FDA Panel Declines To Recommend Expanded Use Of Fish Oil Cholesterol Medication
FDA Advisory Panel says no to an expanded indication for Vascepa without an outcomes trial (Forbes)
Dr Urman Quoted About Unproven Benefits of Fish Oil Supplements.
Dr Urman, a member of the American College of Cardiology Prevention Committee, warned that the benefits of fish-oil pills are uncertain in cutting heart disease risk.
Experimental Cholesterol Medication Performs Well In Late-Stage Trial
A medication called alirocumab, a monoclonal antibody designed to lower LDL cholesterol by targeting the PCSK9 enzyme, reduced cholesterol levels by about half in its first late-stage clinical trial (NY Times)
Medical Implants Now Capable Of Password Protection
Researchers have come up with a security system, called “Heart-to-Heart,” would allow for lifesaving capabilities, such as those provided by pacemakers and cardiac defibrillators, without the capability of being hacked (Wall Street Journal)
Meditation alone doesn't lower blood pressure: study
Stress reduction exercises have been linked to many health benefits, but lower blood pressure may not be one of them (Reuters)
Single Gene May Predict Mental Decline After Heart Surgery
Preliminary study suggests blood test could help doctors assess patient's risk
Doctors Want to Provide Best Care Possible to Patients: Survey
But time spent dealing with electronic health records one of the biggest obstacles they see to doing that
Learn More About Stents and Angioplasty
Opsumit Approved for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
New drug relaxes lung arteries
Adempas Approved to Treat Pulmonary Hypertension
New drug works to ease high blood pressure in lung arteries
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