Heart Health e-News: November 2016 - The First Wealth is Health

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Hello, here is your November 2016 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’).

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. 

Enhanced Access Membership Program (EAMP) 2017
Partner with your cardiologist to create and maintain health.
"The first wealth is health" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Personalized concierge services not covered by private insurance of Medicare
  • Three annual membership options to choose from. Patients choose what works best for them.
  • Increasing levels of priority and enhanced access for routine appointments and testing and to speak with your cardiologist on routine matters.
  • Priority completion of administrative paper-work and fees waived  
  • Global CARE coverage (for Concierge level members). Critical   care air rescue and evacuation anywhere in the world with the coordination of your cardiologist and the Cleveland Clinic.
  • Validated parking (Premier and Concierge members)
  • Convenient VIP parking for Concierge members for office visits
Current members should look for renewal information in the mail this month or speak to our staff when visiting our office before the end of the year.
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 practice manager, Lilly Garzona at 310.659.0715.

Fight the Flu---It Starts with You!
Call our office to make an appointment for your flu shot. Flu vaccine appointments available in the early morning hours or on Fridays but it is highly recommended that you call first to make an appointment. EAMP members can schedule their vaccine appointment for general office hours as well.

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Health News

Does 'Good' Cholesterol Matter in Heart Disease Risk?
Lifestyle appears more important than the HDL number, study suggests

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 A large new study adds to questions about whether your "good" HDL cholesterol levels really affect your risk of heart disease.

The study, of nearly 632,000 Canadian adults, found that those with th... » Read the full article

Heart Group Advises Personalized Nutrition Counseling
Providers should take ethnic, cultural and individual preferences into account

THURSDAY, Oct. 27, 2016 Health care providers need to consider people's ethnic, cultural and personal preferences when offering healthy eating advice, a new American Heart Association scientific statement says.

Health c... » Read the full article

FDA Warns of Dangers From Testosterone Supplements
Many American men take them, but heart and psychological issues can occur, agency says

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26, 2016 Supplemental testosterone and related anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) can cause heart attacks, personality changes and infertility, and are easily abused, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.» Read the full article

Digestive Byproduct Tied to Meat Raises Risks for Some Heart Patients
Those with narrowed leg arteries and high levels of the byproduct had higher odds of dying early, study suggests

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 People with peripheral artery disease -- a narrowing of the arteries in the legs and elsewhere -- who eat a lot of red meat and eggs may have increased odds of dying early, a new study suggests.

<... » Read the full article

Are Vegetarian Diets Heart-Healthier?
Study finds no significant difference in 10-year cardiovascular risk, but one expert is skeptical of research

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 Vegetarians are assumed to be healthier than carnivores, but a new study questions that assumption. It found meat eaters had no significantly greater risk of heart disease over 10 years compared to those wh... » Read the full article

No Link Between Caffeine, Irregular Heartbeat in Heart Failure Patient Study
Stress test didn't show short-term changes after coffee drinking

MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 Contrary to common belief, coffee doesn't seem to increase the risk of irregular heartbeats in people with heart failure, according to a small Brazilian study.

"Our data reassures that most patien... » Read the full article

Smartphone Device Detects Undiagnosed Irregular Heartbeat
Cardiologists say more research needed before mass screening for atrial fibrillation can be justified

THURSDAY, Oct. 13, 2016 A small device synced to a smartphone may help identify new cases of a potentially deadly, irregular heart rhythm, a preliminary study suggests.

Researchers in Hong Kong used this technology to c... » Read the full article

Anger, Heavy Exertion: Fast Track to a Heart Attack?
But researchers suggest that artery-clogging plaque has to be present to increase risk

MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Intense anger or heavy physical exertion may be triggers for a first heart attack in some people, new research suggests.

In the study of more than 12,000 people, both intense activity and intense ... » Read the full article

The news stories provided in this e-newsletter are a service of the nationally syndicated HealthDay news and information company. Stories refer to national trends and breaking health news, and are not necessarily indicative of or always supported by our facility and providers. This information is provided for informational and educational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please see our full Terms of Use for more information.
November 04, 2016

Stay In Touch


Pedal Your Way to Heart Health
Studies find bike users have fewer heart attacks, lower blood pressure
Review on Calcium Supplements and the Heart
Getting calcium naturally from foods such as spinach, kale, okra, collards, white beans, salmon, rainbow trout, milk, yogurt and tofu is still preferred. If calcium supplements are used, it is important to not take more than recommended levels.
Calcium Supplements May Not Be Heart Healthy
Another study shows link to poorer cardiovascular health from the pills, but can't prove cause-and-effect
High Blood Pressure May Hike Dementia Risk
New statement from American Heart Association warns of link
'White Coat' High Blood Pressure May Signal Trouble in Older People
Researchers found it might mean higher risk of heart problems
Sudden Drops in Blood Pressure Tied to Higher Odds for Dementia
Dizziness, faintness on standing could be sign of danger to brain, but study couldn't prove cause and effect
Ambulatory BP Monitor
24-hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) allows your physician to accurately review your blood pressure range for 24 hours.
Is It Really True That Chocolate May Be Good for You?
A component in cocoa seems to help control blood sugar and inflammation, but there's a caveat
More Research Hints at Chocolate's Heart Benefits
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute preventive cardiologist, Dr. Mark Urman quoted about study which included milk chocolate, but did not prove cause-and-effect
Dr Mark Urman Quoted in Forbes
Regarding evidence that chocolate might be good for your heart
Why You Need a Flu Shot Now
If you do develop influenza, vaccination can soften the blow, doctors say
Take Meds as Directed to Boost Survival After Heart Procedures
Study finds close adherence to instructions may be especially important after angioplasty
Device Approved to Prevent Second Strokes in Certain Heart Patients
It's for people who had prior stroke related to a hole in the heart
Some NSAIDs Found To Have Greater Association With Risk Of Heart Failure
Some commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are associated with higher risks of heart failure. naproxen (Alleve or Naprosyn) and celecoxib (Celebrex) seem to have the lowest risk (Reuters)
Researchers May Have Developed New Blood Test To Detect Heart Disease In Asymptomatic Patients
The blood test may help detect heart disease in asymptomatic individuals by measuring the immune system’s response to inflammation (Fox News)
Debate Over Statins. Who Should Take Them?
Nearly all experts agree that statins are beneficial for people at a substantial risk for heart disease (Washington Post)
A Test To Help Determine Your Risk of Heart Attack
CardioHealth, a 5 minute non-invasive test can help us tell if you have or are at risk of developing plaque in your arteries. Are you at risk for a heart attack or stroke?
Health Tip: Sauté Your Veggies
Here's how
Eat To Your Heart's Content
Common sense guidance to heart healthy diets
Depression Can Fuel Heart Disease in Midlife Women: Study
The finding seems to reinforce the well-known link between depression and heart troubles, but it doesn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship.
Fitful Sleep May Take Toll on Older Women's Hearts
Before and after menopause, less sleep linked to plaque buildup in blood vessels, study found
Bilateral Oophorectomy May Be Linked To Increased Risk Of Certain Chronic Health Conditions
Women under 46 who had both ovaries removed experienced a marked increase in eight chronic health conditions, including coronary artery disease (CNN)
Women and Heart Disease
Top ways women can reduce their heart disease risk
Sleep Apnea May Boost Risk for Post-Op Problems Including Atrial Fibrillation
Certain patients should be checked for the disorder before having surgery
Exercise and Heart Health
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