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Hello, here is your December 2013 issue of Heart Health e-Newslettter.
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Health News

Mild Heart Disease May Pose Equal Risks for Men and Women
Study calculated chances of heart attack and cardiac death

TUESDAY, Dec. 3, 2013 Men and women with mild heart disease share the same risks, at least over the short term, a new study suggests.

Doctors have thought that women with mild heart disease do worse than men. This st... » Read the full article

Women's Chest Pain Unreliable Indicator of Heart Attack: Study
Scientific tools, not patient complaints, needed for accurate diagnosis, expert says

MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2013 Chest pain is not a symptom that doctors can use to accurately diagnose a woman suffering a major heart attack, according to new research.

A survey of about 800 women and 1,700 men found that wo... » Read the full article

Take Aspirin at Bedtime to Better Protect Your Heart, Study Suggests
Small trial found the drug reduced blood clotting more when taken at night than in the morning

TUESDAY, Nov. 19, 2013 A daily dose of aspirin has become a common treatment for people at high risk for heart attacks or strokes, because it thins the blood and prevents clots from forming.

But does it matter when du... » Read the full article

Heart Valve Replacement May Be Getting Safer for Seniors
Study of aortic valve procedure finds death rates, hospital readmissions have dropped

TUESDAY, Nov. 19, 2013 A growing number of American seniors are having heart valve replacements, and their risk of complications and death from the surgery is decreasing, new research finds.

"Aortic valve replacement ... » Read the full article

Sudden Cardiac Arrest May Have Early Warning Signs
Study of men highlights importance of seeking medical help for chest pain, shortness of breath

TUESDAY, Nov. 19, 2013 A new study counters the commonly held belief that when most middle-aged men suffer cardiac arrest, it typically comes completely out of the blue.

Researchers found that the majority of victims ... » Read the full article

Could Vaccines Someday Improve Heart Health?
In early studies, injections lowered cholesterol and blood pressure in animals

MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2013 People routinely get vaccinations to ward off the flu or prevent infectious diseases such as measles and whooping cough. Could there be a vaccine in the future that would prevent a heart attack?

... » Read the full article

Fitness Linked to Lower Heart Attack Risk in Heart Disease Patients
Early study also found survival odds rose with exercise capacity

SUNDAY, Nov. 17, 2013 Being physically fit can help prevent heart attacks and increase survival in people with stable coronary artery disease, a new study finds.

This was true whether or no... » Read the full article

Diabetes Greatly Raises Younger Women's Heart Risk: Study
For those under 60, diabetes quadruples the risk of heart disease, bringing it on par with men

TUESDAY, Nov. 5 Women under 60 typically have lower heart risks than their male peers but diabetes can change all that, a new study finds.

The research showed that women younger than 60 who had diabetes were up to fou... » Read the full article

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Energy Drinks Affect Heart, MRI Scans Show
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Heart Disease No. 1 Cause of Pregnancy-Related Deaths in California: Study
Researchers say 1/3 of these deaths could be prevented
Study Raises Questions About Testosterone Therapy
But it doesn't prove that the popular supplements harms the heart
Too Much Testosterone May Be Unhealthy for Older Men: Study
Males with levels of the hormone in the mid-range had lowest death risk
FDA to Ban Trans Fats in Foods
The artificial additives are linked to heart trouble
Dr Urman thrilled as FDA Sets Stage to Ban Trans Fats in Processed Foods
Dr Urman says medical world is hopeful and confident that a trans fat ban will improve cardiovascular health in the United States (Medscape)
Dr Urman Quoted by LA Times about Trans-fats
Healthcare providers applaud FDA move to ban trans-fats. Dr. Urman also stresses the importance of well balanced heart-healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables.
Nutritionists: FDA Trans Fat Ban Good for America's Heart Health
They urge greater use of healthier oils, like olive oil or other vegetable oils, in food-making process
New Guidelines May Widen Use of Statins
Recommendations focus on patient risk factors rather than cholesterol numbers
Dr Urman on New Cholesterol Treatment Guidelines: Treat Risk Not Cholesterol
Statins lower more than just cholesterol--they lower cardiovascular risk by helping to keep arteries healthy.
Statins Not Linked to Memory Loss, Dementia
Despite FDA warning, researchers found no evidence these drugs cause declines in thinking ability
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People with atrial fibrillation had nearly doubled odds of a later heart attack
Weight Loss Can Combat Irregular Heart Beat, Study Says
Atrial fibrillation is affecting more and more people
Hospitalization Rates Soar for Irregular Heartbeat
Atrial fibrillation can lead to dangerous complications
Antidote Might Reverse Complication From Blood Thinner Pradaxa
In early tests, new drug allowed blood to clot again with no apparent side effects
Eat Nuts, Live Longer?
Study linked a daily handful of any nut to 20% reduction in death risk over 30 years
Want to Stay Young? Start Moving
Study finds it's never too late to reap the anti-aging benefits of exercise
Walking May Cut Stroke Risk in Older Men
Study suggests the number of weekly hours walked, not how fast, is what matters
Health Tip: Get Exercise Daily
Even walking every day will do you good
Health Tip: Cutting Down on Fat
Be sure to read food labels
Los Angeles Residents Vote Cedars-Sinai No. 1 for Best Care (18th straight year)
US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services data: Cedars is only hospital in California (and 1 of only 5 in US) to have 30-day mortality rate better than national rate for 5 straight years in key disease categories including heart failure and heart attack
FDA to Lift Restrictions on Diabetes Drug Avandia
But not all experts are happy with granting wider access to the troubled medication
No Good Data For or Against Taking Vitamins, Experts Say
But half of U.S. adults take at least one supplement, government task force notes
CoQ10 and Drug Interactions
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Herbal Supplements Are Often Not What They Seem
DNA tests show that many pills labeled as healing herbs are little more than powdered rice and weeds (NY Times)
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Study Finds Links Between Psoriasis, Heart Failure
Researchers recommend screening psoriasis patients for heart risks
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Researchers found greater odds of developing heart conditions, diabetes despite lack of symptoms
More Evidence Ties Obesity to Disability in Older Women
Studies found higher risks for heart disease, mobility problems and early death
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Lower your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, analysis concludes
Quitting Smoking May Help Seniors' Hearts Sooner Than Thought
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