Heart Health e-News: December 2016 - Have a Heart Healthy Holiday

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Hello, here is your December 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
The Patient-Physician Relationship is The True Core of Great Medical Care

“It’s far more important to know what person has the disease than what disease the person has.“ – attributed to Hippocrates, the father of Western Medicine.

  • 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

3 Keys to Cutting Your Risk of Heart Failure
Guarding against obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes at middle age may slash risk, study finds

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 Middle-aged adults who've avoided obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes are far less likely than others to experience heart failure in their later years, new research reports.

Investigators fou... » Read the full article

Hearts of Healthy People With Gene Mutations May Be 'Primed to Fail'
About 35 million people worldwide face heart failure risk from genetic flaws, researchers say

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 Certain gene mutations can increase the risk of heart failure in healthy people, researchers report.

It had been believed that gene mutations in a protein called titin affect only people with di... » Read the full article

Pessimism May Take Unwelcome Toll on the Heart
Study suggests that glum folks have higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease

THURSDAY, Nov. 17, 2016 Always seeing the cup as half empty, rather than half full, may increase the likelihood of dying from heart disease, Finnish researchers say.

An 11-year study of nearly 3,000 men and women found... » Read the full article

Having Rheumatoid Arthritis May Increase Heart Risk
Treating inflammation linked to the joint disease might help lower the risk, researcher says

TUESDAY, Nov. 15, 2016 People with rheumatoid arthritis may have an increased risk for a heart attack, stroke and other heart disease-related problems, a new study suggests.

Researchers examined data from 353 rheumatoid... » Read the full article

Coming Soon: Lower Cholesterol From a Twice-a-Year Shot?
Injectable drugs could provide major advance in heart-disease prevention, researchers say

TUESDAY, Nov. 15, 2016 Instead of popping a pill every day, people might soon control "bad" LDL cholesterol by getting an injection at their doctor's office two or three times a year.

Researchers testing a new injectabl... » Read the full article

DNA Isn't Destiny: Healthy Living Can Overcome Genes Linked to Heart Disease
Study found exercise, healthy diet could lower odds for heart attack even in those at high genetic risk

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 If your parent or sibling died young from cardiovascular disease, take heart: There are ways you can counter any genetic predisposition to the illness.

New research shows that people can minimize a... » Read the full article

Marijuana Use Tied to Rare, Temporary Heart Malfunction
Study found risk doubled among young users, but cause-and-effect not proven

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 Marijuana use might raise the risk of a rare, temporary heart muscle malfunction that can feel like a full-fledged heart attack, a new study suggests.

People who used m... » Read the full article

High-Dose Statins Boost Survival: Study
Increased doses reduced death risk in those with existing heart disease

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9, 2016 Higher doses of the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins appear to boost survival slightly for certain people, a large new study reports.

The study followed more than 509,000 patients with... » Read the full article

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December 02, 2016

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Testosterone Therapy May Be Linked to Serious Blood Clots
Risk peaks in the first 6 months of hormone treatment, but overall odds are low, study finds
Alzheimer's Protein Plaques May Also Harm the Heart
Deposits can cause patients' heart muscle to stiffen, keeping it from pumping properly, study suggests
Celebrex May Not Pose Bigger Heart Risk Than Similar Drugs
Researchers found more complications, such as bleeding and kidney problems, for the pain relievers ibuprofen and naproxen. Heart patients who cannot avoid using NSAIDs should still be on the lowest dose possible for the shortest period of time.
Wider Low-Dose Aspirin Use Would Save U.S. $692 Billion
Many patients who should take it don't, researchers say
Hi-Tech Skin Patch Might Someday Track Your Health
Acoustic device can listen in on heart, digestive system and lungs
Your Recipe for a Healthy, Delicious Holiday Season
Fruits, veggies and sensible portions are keys, experts say
Choose the Healthy Foods Options This Holiday Season
Display healthy foods and keep unhealthy ones out of sight, nutritionist advises
Meat-Heavy Diets May Raise Older Women's Heart Risks
Vegetable protein sources appear safer, study suggests
'Yo-Yo Dieting' Hard on Older Women's Hearts: Study
But at least one nutrition expert says it's too soon to draw conclusions
Health Tip: What Could Trigger Heart Palpitations?
Factors that may make your heart flutter
Trouble Sleeping Tied to Higher Risk for Irregular Heartbeat
Atrial fibrillation can trigger strokes, study authors note
Lifestyle, Stress May Play Role in Heart Rhythm Disorder
Adopting healthy behaviors might lower risk of atrial fibrillation, study suggests
Many With Common Irregular Heartbeat Unaware of Stroke Risk
Study finds gaps in what patients know about atrial fibrillation
A Future Challenge for Some Cancer Survivors: Heart Disease
The younger the age at diagnosis, the greater the risk, study suggests
Powerful Cancer Drugs Linked to Rare Heart Risks
New report describes two melanoma patients who died of heart trouble after first doses of immunotherapy drugs
Strokes Decline in Older Americans, Rise in Young
Every generation needs to watch their blood pressure, researchers say
A Little Alcohol Each Day May Cut Your Risk of Stroke
But drinking doesn't curb risk of every kind of stroke, and heavy drinking increases the danger
Migraine and Stroke Risk Linked Again
Researchers suggest doctors consider severe headaches a potential risk factor for brain attack
Could Common Heartburn Drugs Up Stroke Risk?
Researchers concerned about high doses of meds like Nexium and Prilosec
Discovery Speeds Creation of Healthy Heart Cells From Scar Tissue
Mouse study findings might lead to better treatments for heart failure in humans
Prices of Generic Heart Failure Drugs Vary Widely
Patients can spend from $12 to $400 a month to fill common prescriptions
Device Plus 'Aggressive' Drug Strategy May Curb Severe Heart Failure
Small study suggests real improvement for some patients, but more follow-up research is needed
Heart Failure Hospitalizations on the Rise in U.S.
But the length of stay is getting shorter and survival rates are going up
Device Shows Promise Against Tough-to-Treat Heart Failure
After a year, patients reported fewer symptoms, better quality of life, study finds
U.S. Heart Disease Rates Fell 20 Percent Since 1980s: Study
Researchers chalk it up to better meds, prevention efforts
But... Heart Disease Tops the List of What's Most Likely to Kill You or Someone You Love
CDC Reveals Top 5 Causes of Death - Good news is that many can be prevented
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?
Why You Need a Flu Shot Now
If you do develop influenza, vaccination can soften the blow, doctors say
Statins May Boost Survival Odds After Cardiac Arrest
Those already taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs were more likely to be alive one year later, study says
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