Heart Health e-News: February 2016 - American Heart Month

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Hello, here is your February 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. 

Friday, February 5, 2016
is National Wear Red Day!


Enhanced Access Membership Program (EAMP)

  • Personalized concierge services not covered by private insurance or Medicare
  • Three annual membership options to choose from (Select, Premier and Concierge Plans). Patients choose what works best for them
  • Increasing levels of priority and enhanced access for routine appointments and testing.
  • Increased phone and email access to our staff and doctors on routine matters   
  • Priority completion of administrative paper-work and fees waved 
  • 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 (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.

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Of course, if you ever have any concerns or issues with our office or doctors, please always feel free to call us and let us know how we can improve or help make your experience better.

Health News

Fitness Could Raise Survival After First Heart Attack
Patients in the best shape were 40 percent less likely to die, study found

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 Being in good shape may improve a person's chances of surviving a first heart attack, a new study indicates.

"We knew that fitter people generally live longer, but we n... » Read the full article

Daily Caffeine Doesn't Seem to Jolt the Heart: Study
Coffee lovers don't appear to risk extra heartbeats

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 There may be good news for coffee, tea and chocolate lovers: Regular caffeine consumption may not cause dangerous racing of the heart, a new study finds.

The finding challenges current medical t... » Read the full article

Women's Heart Attacks Are Different Than Men's, Experts Stress
American Heart Association points out critical differences in new scientific statement

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 Heart attacks in women often have different causes and symptoms than those in men, and they're deadlier, too.

That's the premise of a scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA... » Read the full article

Eating More Healthy Fats May Extend Life, Study Suggests
Could prevent more than a million heart disease deaths worldwide each year, researchers estimate

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 For years, experts have preached the gospel of eating "healthy" fats and limiting "unhealthy" fats. Now, a new study contends that if people worldwide began to eat healthier fats, there might be more th... » Read the full article

Irregular Heart Beat May Pose Bigger Threat to Women
Review found atrial fibrillation linked to higher risk of stroke, heart trouble, death in women

TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 The world's most common type of abnormal heart rhythm appears to pose a greater health threat to women than men, a new review suggests.

Atrial fibrillation is a stronger risk factor for stroke, ... » Read the full article

Slow Heart Rate Doesn't Mean Early Death Risk: Study
But, there's some concern for those taking medications that slow the heart rate

TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 People with a slow heart rate don't have an increased risk for heart disease, a new study suggests.

A typical heart rate for an adult at rest is 60 to 100 beats a minute, but in some people it's... » Read the full article

Exercise Regularly and Your Heart Will Thank You
And the more you do, the better off you'll be, cardiologists say

MONDAY, Jan. 18, 2016 Regular exercise is essential for keeping your heart healthy, and the more the better, experts from the American College of Cardiology's Sports and Exercise Cardiology Council say.

The study auth... » Read the full article

Health Tip: Follow the 'Simple 7' For a Healthier Heart
Seven habits to protect against heart disease

For a healthier heart, follow these seven simple rules, courtesy of the American Heart Association:

Maintain a healthy blood pressure. Keep cholesterol levels under control. Lower blood suga... » Read the full article

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February 05, 2016

Stay In Touch


New U.S. Dietary Guidelines: Limit Sugar and Salt, Boost Fruit and Veggie Intake
Recommendations, revised every 5 years, designed to promote healthier lifestyles
Report: DASH Diet Best Overall Eating Plan
The MIND, Mediterranean and Fertility diets also get high marks for health
Eat To Your Heart's Content
Common sense guidance to heart healthy diets
Eating Certain Fruits, Veggies May Help a Bit With Weight Control
Study found those who ate apples, pears, berries, peppers had better weight management in long run
Study: Tissue Heart Valves Seem Best for Middle-Aged Patients
They wear out faster but don't carry the clotting risks that metal valves do, research shows
Women and Heart Disease
Learn more about top ways women can reduce their heart disease risk
Study: Small Bump in Blood Pressure During Pregnancy Might Harm Baby
Risks for low birth weight and stillbirth increase, research suggests
The Small Warnings Before Cardiac Arrest
Hints of heart trouble sometimes surface weeks before the life-threatening event, a new study finds (Wall Street Journal)
High-Rise Living May Lower Your Chances of Surviving Cardiac Arrest
Above the 16th floor, odds of staying alive after heart stops are slim, study finds
Hand-Grip Strength Linked to Diabetes, Hypertension
Possible culprit: lower muscle mass (Wall Street Journal)
How Can Vegetarians Get Enough Protein?
Vegetarians aren’t the only people who want to maximize dietary protein. How can we get the most protein from plants? (Wall Street Journal)
New Blood Pressure Guidelines a Danger to Patients: Study
Research says the treatment threshold is too high for those over 60 years of age
ARBs May Be As Effective And Safe As ACE Inhibitors
Newer blood pressure and heart failure drugs as good as older ones: Study
Health Tip: Be a Healthier Family
All members should stay active
Childhood Cancer Treatment May Raise Adult Heart Disease Risk
Study finds many survivors have no symptoms, but still have heart problems
Americans Still Consume Too Much Salt: CDC
Most of it comes from processed or restaurant food, not salt shaker, experts say
Implanted Defibrillators Help Women as Much as Men: Study
For heart failure patients with the devices, death risk over 3-year period was 20 percent lower
Should Frail or Demented Patients Have Defibrillators Implanted?
Frailty and dementia should be considered when deciding whether a patient should receive an implanted defibillator (Reuters Health)
Statins May Reduce Heart Risks Linked to Sleep Apnea: Study
But it's too early to prescribe them for patients with the disorder, experts say
Statins Aid Bypass Surgery Recovery, Research Shows
Review of cholesterol-lowering drugs' use shows they cut risk of death or complications
Aspirin May Decrease Death From Prostate Cancer, Study Finds
Researchers suspect drug may help prevent spread of deadly disease
Even Slight Kidney Decline May Affect Heart
But organ donors needn't worry, researcher says
Health Tip: Ask Questions Before You Start Exercising
Discuss the answers with your doctor
Exercise May Lower Heart Disease Risk in Depressed People: Study
Regular activity linked to reduced inflammation and less blood vessel stiffening
Could Reducing Your Stress Levels Help You Lose Weight?
Lab study sheds light on how chronic stress may make it harder to burn off body fat
Sugary Drinks Tied to Increase in Deep Belly Fat
And that type of fat associated with risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, researchers report
Are We Programmed to Overeat in Winter?
Packing on body fat was an evolutionary survival strategy, researchers say
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?
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