Heart Health e-News: February 2014 - American Heart Month

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Hello, here is your February 2014 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 7, 2014
is National Wear Red Day!


Enhanced Access Membership Program (EAMP)

  • Personalized concierge services not covered by private insurance or Medicare
  • Pharmacy Discount Card for all EAMP members
  • 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 with fees waived
  • Global CARE coverage (for concierge level members - critical care air rescue and evacuation anywhere in the world with the backing of your cardiologist and the Cleveland Clinic)
  • Validated parking (Premier and Concierge members) and convenient VIP parking (Concierge members) for office visits.

Patient Service That You and Your Cardiologist Aspire To

If you are not a current EAMP member, and wish to maximize your experience with our office and your cardiologist, click here for more information or call our office manager, Gwen Owens at 310.659.0714.

U.S. News & World Report ranks the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute as a
Top 10 Heart Program in the nation
in the 2013 - 14 "Best Hospitals" report -- a reflection of the leading edge cardiac services we offer and the results we obtain for our patients, their families and the community

Drs. Caren and Urman are proud to be Attending Cardiologists in the:
# 1 Cardiology and Heart Surgery Program in Los Angeles
# 1 Heart Program in California
# 1 Heart Program in The Western US

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


What Is A Mediterranean Diet?


Health News

Another Win for the Mediterranean-Style Diet
Firefighters who followed it most closely saw less weight gain, lower risk of heart trouble

TUESDAY, Feb. 4, 2014 Yet another study finds that eating a Mediterranean-style diet rich in fish, nuts, vegetables and fruits is good for your heart, your weight and your overall health.

Researchers followed nearly 8... » Read the full article

High Blood Pressure in Young Adults Could Mean Heart Trouble in Middle Age
25-year study tied even slight rise in early adulthood to future risk of clogged arteries

TUESDAY, Feb. 4, 2014 Twenty-somethings with even mildly elevated blood pressure may face an increased risk of clogged heart arteries by middle age, a long-term U.S. study finds.

The study, which tracked nearly 4,700 ... » Read the full article

Added Sugar in Diet Tied to Death Risk From Heart Trouble
Sugar can be 'hidden' in savory foods as well as desserts and soda, experts note

MONDAY, Feb. 3, 2014 Doctors have long thought extra sugar in a person's diet is harmful to heart health because it promotes chronic conditions such as obesity and diabetes.

But the added sugar Americans consume as pa... » Read the full article

Testosterone Therapy Might Increase Heart Attack Risk: Study
Researchers say risk doubles after treatment starts for men under 65 with heart problems and all men over 65

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 29, 2014 Testosterone therapy -- widely advertised as a way to help men improve a low sex drive and reclaim diminished energy -- might raise the risk of heart attack, according to new research.

The in... » Read the full article

Screen Older, Male Smokers for Type of Aneurysm, Experts Say
Abdominal aortic aneurysms are bulges in a major artery that can burst without warning

MONDAY, Jan. 27 2014 A one-time screening for a form of potentially dangerous aneurysm is effective and recommended for men aged 65 to 75 who are current or former smokers.

So says a draft recommendation issued Monday... » Read the full article

Too Much Sitting May Raise Heart Failure Risk for Men
Study found even exercise did not compensate for sedentary behavior

TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2014 Older men who spend a lot of time sitting around are more likely to face heart failure down the road, a new study shows.

The research included more than 82,000 men between the ages of 45 and 69.... » Read the full article

No Proof That 'Blood-Type' Diets Work: Study
Matching food choices to your blood type won't make you healthier, research suggests

MONDAY, Jan. 20, 2014 The so-called "blood-type diet" may be trendy, but there's no scientific evidence to support it, a new study says.

The popular diet is based on the theory that a perso... » Read the full article

Too Much Sitting May Be Harmful for Older Women
12-year study of 93,000 women found higher risk of early death for least active

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2014 Older women who spend too much time sitting are more likely to die at an earlier age than highly active women, a large, long-term study says.

Researchers analyzed data from 93,000 postmenopausal ... » Read the full article

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February 07, 2014

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Fitness in Teen Years May Guard Against Heart Trouble Later
Dr Urman quoted on study that found link between aerobic fitness at 18 and lowered heart attack risk in middle age
Exercise to Age Well, Whatever Your Age
Study suggests becoming physically active in middle age, even if someone has been sedentary for years, substantially reduces likelihood that he or she will become seriously ill or physically disabled in retirement (NY Times)
Naproxen May Be Safer For The Heart Than Rival Painkillers
An FDA review of popular painkillers found naproxen, such as the over-the-counter brand Aleve, may carry a lower cardiac risk than rival anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs. (Wall Street Journal)
Patients Honor Dr. Mark Urman as Most Compassionate Doctor
A-Fib Doesn't Mean You're Banished to the Sidelines
For most people with an irregular heartbeat, it's OK to stay active, doctors say
New Alternatives to Coumadin for Those with Atrial Fibrillation
Coumadin (warfarin), which has been the most commonly prescribed oral blood thinning agent for years to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, now has some competition.
Living a Full Life, Irregular Heartbeat and All
Maryland man still exercises an hour a day
Research Reveals Secret Behind a Steady Heartbeat
Six proteins work together to maintain healthy heart function, study authors find
Learn More About Arrhythmias
How to Wreck Your Heart
Dr. Urman quoted in WebMD article about how unhealthy habits can put your heart at risk
What’s in Your Fish Oil Supplements? (NY Times)
Millions of Americans take fish oil supplements to promote heart and vascular health. But a new analysis suggests that some consumers may not always get what they are paying for
Fish oil supplements rated for quality (USA Today)
Increasing omega-3 fatty acid consumption through foods is preferred. For those who do take fish oil supplements, which are the best?
Sex as Exercise: What are the Benefits? (NY Times)
Research shows that sex can be considered, at times, a significant exercise
Sunlight Might Be Good for Your Blood Pressure: Study
Researchers figure out why, suggest not getting enough might raise risk for heart disease
High Blood Pressure May Be Worse for Women
Study found differences in factors that cause condition
What is Hypertension?
Find out more about why high blood pressure is harmful
Heart-Valve Problem May Have a New Cure
A new front on solving heart-valve problems. Techniques to fix the damage without an invasive operation (Wall Street Journal)
Learn More About Mitral Regurgitation
Mediterranean Diet Alone May Lower Diabetes Risk
Key ingredient of study: use of extra-virgin olive oil, not calorie counting or exercise
Mediterranean Diet May Lower Risk of Clogged Leg Arteries
Study of older adults found reduced odds of peripheral artery disease when compared to low-fat diet
Dissolving 'Scaffolds' Could Help Treat Leg Artery Disease
But more research is needed before they can replace stents
FDA Will Review Safety of Testosterone Therapy
FDA Evaluating Studies That Raise Safety Questions About Testosterone Therapy
Learn More About Aortic Anuerysms
Survey: Doctors mixed on electronic medical records
The federal government's push to get doctors to use electronic health records rather than paper is not getting universal approval from physicians.
Implanted Devices Might Someday Run on Energy From Nearby Organs
Animal study finds way to harness power from internal motions
Surgical 'Glue' May Help Repair Sick Children's Hearts
New adhesive can patch holes in cardiac tissue and 'stick' even under high pressures, developers say
Stressed by Work-Life Balance? Just Exercise
Workouts, or even spurts of activity, can keep stress levels down and confidence up, survey results show
Health Tip: Walk to Your Favorite Restaurant
Add exercise to your menu
Do Diet Drinks Make You Eat More?
Study finds link between greater calorie consumption and low-calorie beverages in overweight adults
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