Your Heart Health e-News - April 2011

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April 01, 2011

In This Issue
Diet-Exercise Combo Seems to Work Best for Obese Seniors
Risks May Rise With Need for Nursing Care After Heart Failure
Some Type 1 Diabetics Seem Shielded Against Complications
Just-Approved Defibrillators Limit Unnecessary Shocks
Nerve Block Treatment May Ease Stubborn High Blood Pressure
Conflicts of Interest Cloud Heart Treatment Guidelines: Study
Taking Responsibility for Own Health Often Not Enough
Laughter, Music May Lower Blood Pressure, Study Says
Today's Feature

Welcome to Dr. Caren and Dr. Urman's Heart Health e-Newsletter

We hope you find this complimentary monthly educational service for our patients and their families helpful. Please click on the header above or here to enter our website and learn more about our practice. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or wish to make an appointment.  

The column on the right has heart-related stories from the last several weeks which we feel are most important and most likely to be of interest to our patients.  Additional general information and recent news about our office can also be found to the right. The latest news items from the last week about heart health are found below.

Important Information for our patients with Anthem/Blue Cross medical insurance policies: ==> ==>  ==>

Look to the right to see important information regarding a change in our policy with Anthem / Blue Cross that took effect March 15, 2011.  This change is part of our goal to preserve our cherished doctor-patient relationships  (click here to read about our practice philosophy regarding medical insurance).

Health News

Diet-Exercise Combo Seems to Work Best for Obese Seniors

Doing both helps shed pounds, boosts stamina, but workout alone not enough to lose weight: study

WEDNESDAY, March 30 A combination of diet and exercise can help obese seniors lose weight and stay fit much better than either diet or exercise alone, researchers reported Wednesday.

The finding may sound obvious, but the lead author of the new study said it had not ... Read the full article

Risks May Rise With Need for Nursing Care After Heart Failure

Life may not return to normal, researcher advises

TUESDAY, March 29 Seniors with heart failure who require skilled nursing care after discharge from the hospital face an increased risk for poor outcomes, including death, a new study has found.

People hospitalized with heart failure "are at high risk to start with," ... Read the full article

Some Type 1 Diabetics Seem Shielded Against Complications

In one group that had diabetes for 50 years, many never developed expected problems, study finds

TUESDAY, March 29 While complications from type 1 diabetes are common, they aren't inevitable. New research suggests that some people with the disease apparently have an inherent protection against serious complications, such as eye, kidney and heart disease.

In a g... Read the full article

Just-Approved Defibrillators Limit Unnecessary Shocks

Medtronic devices said to recognize irregular heartbeat that's life-threatening

TUESDAY, March 29 Defibrillator maker Medtronic says its new line of Protecta devices has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The devices incorporate "Smart Shock" technology that recognizes when irregular heartbeats are life-threatening and delivers therap... Read the full article

Nerve Block Treatment May Ease Stubborn High Blood Pressure

Procedure normalized levels in 39% of patients with resistant hypertension, early research shows

TUESDAY, March 29 A technique that interrupts nerve signals between the kidneys and brain dropped blood pressure to normal levels in 39 percent of patients with drug-resistant hypertension, according to a small new study led by French researchers.Read the full article

Conflicts of Interest Cloud Heart Treatment Guidelines: Study

More than half of guideline authors report ties with drug makers, related companies

MONDAY, March 28 More than half of the nearly 500 writers and reviewers of recent cardiology clinical practice guidelines reported a conflict of interest due to ties with drug makers and other companies, a new study finds.

The findings are... Read the full article

Taking Responsibility for Own Health Often Not Enough

Pennsylvania survey found 93% hold themselves accountable but 33% don't exercise

FRIDAY, March 25 Most people want to take responsibility for their health but many fail to follow through with healthy lifestyle habits, finds a new survey.

The statewide poll of Pennsylvania adults aged 21 and older found that 93.3 percent of respondents believe the... Read the full article

Laughter, Music May Lower Blood Pressure, Study Says

But experts disagree on whether the findings are meaningful

FRIDAY, March 25 Laughter and music not only lift the mood, they might also drop blood pressure among middle-aged adults, a new study suggests.

Japanese researchers divided 79 adults, aged 40 to 74, into three groups, studying the effects ... Read the full article

Can Coffee Cut a Woman's Stroke Risk?
  Swedish study shows even a cup a day reduces the risk; experts say more proof needed
Tamoxifen May Offer Long-Term Heart, Cancer Protection
  Benefits of five-year treatment seen 15 years out, researchers say
Study: Infrequent Sex Can Raise Risk of Heart Attack, Death
  Danger greatest shortly after physical activity, but absolute risk small, research finds
Cedars-Sinai Ranked First Nationally in 2010 Adult Heart Transplants
  The Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and Comprehensive Transplant Center performed the most adult heart transplants of any U.S. medical center in 2010, according to government statistics.
Important information for Anthem / Blue Cross Patients
  Overall effect on most Medicare patients with supplemental Anthem/Blue Cross expected to be minimal (if at all).
Insurance and Billing FAQ's
  Also, learn why we believe our policies allow us to maintain our high level of personalized patient care.
Health Tip: Who's at Risk for Cardiomyopathy
  Here are major risk factors
'Mini Strokes' Linked to Doubled Heart Attack Risk: Study
  After transient ischemic attack (TIA), patients should be evaluated for heart disease, experts say
Dark Chocolate May Harbor Benefits for the Heart
  Despite possible upside, cocoa carries risks and won't overcome bad health habits, expert says
Americans' Exposure to Mercury From Fish Won't Harm Hearts: Study
  Large analysis finds no detectable cardiovascular danger
Fiber May Lessen Lifetime Risk for Heart Problems
  Study finds that odds of disease were lowest for those who consumed the most fiber
Whole Grain Cereal May Help Control Blood Pressure
  Men who consumed seven or more servings a week reduced their risk of hypertension by about 20%, study finds
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
  Powerful nutrient is found in fish, poultry, dairy and many fruits and vegetables, researchers say
Mediterranean Diet Reduces Risk of Metabolic Syndrome
  Researchers found diet was associated with improved blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol
Obesity Alone Raises Risk of Fatal Heart Attack, Study Finds
  Analysis suggests something about carrying extra weight is at play
Health Tip: Don't Let Lost Pounds Return
  Suggestions to maintain a healthy body weight
Benefits of Weight-Loss Surgery May Outweigh Risks for Some, Experts Say
  American Heart Association statement points to heart health improvements in severely obese people
In Men, Duration of Diabetes Linked to Raised Heart Risk
  More than 17 years of type 2 disease doubles the odds of a first heart attack, study finds
Analysis Confirms Diabetes Drug May Harm the Heart
  Latest finding adds to evidence that Avandia raises risk of heart attack, death
Bypass Surgery, Stents Seem to Bring Same Level of Relief
  Certain heart patients fare equally well, researchers report
Health Tip: Walking Helps You Stay Healthier
  Here's how you may benefit
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
  The more active you are, the less a high-sodium diet will raise your blood pressure, study suggests
High Blood Pressure in Doc's Office Not Always Hypertension
  Round-the-clock monitoring with an ambulatory blood pressure monitor can distinguish 'white coat' syndrome from real thing, study finds
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