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April 02, 2010

In This Issue
Overactive Thyroid Linked to Stroke in Young Adults
Researchers Boost Post-Heart Attack Survival in Mice
Turning Your Workday Into Weight Loss
Health Tip: Avoid Cellulite
New Insights Into Who's At Risk With Angioplasty
Health Tip: Boost Your Body Image
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
Diabetes Screening Should Start Sooner
Today's Feature

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

This complimentary educational service for our patients and their families about the latest in heart health will be published monthly. Please click above to enter our website and learn more about our practice and feel free to contact us if you have any questions or wish to make an appointment.  

To the right are heart-related stories from the last several weeks that we feel are most important and most likely to be of interest to our patients as well as information and news about our office.  Below is the latest heart-related news.

Check out our new feature:  From the Doctor's Desk 

Go to the bottom of the right column to see a special infomative article by Drs. Caren and Urman.  This month is a feature on the (mostly) pros and (minimal) cons of using generic drugs as well as other tips on how to save money on prescriptions.

Health News

Overactive Thyroid Linked to Stroke in Young Adults

People with hyperthyroidism should have it treated to reduce their risk, experts say

THURSDAY, April 1 Young adults who have an overactive thyroid face a much greater risk of stroke than people without the condition, Taiwanese researchers report.

"This is a well-controlled analysis, and patients with hyperthyroidism should receive prompt treatment to... Read the full article

Researchers Boost Post-Heart Attack Survival in Mice

Nerve growth factor therapy helped heal damaged heart muscle, study found

THURSDAY, April 1 A kind of protein called nerve growth factor, or NGF, helped damaged heart muscles function better in mice, potentially pointing the way toward more effective treatments for people who have heart problems, researchers say.

The findings come from the... Read the full article

Turning Your Workday Into Weight Loss

'Healthy office' can help employees shed pounds, boost productivity, experts say

THURSDAY, April 1 For decades, the office has been seen as the sedentary, do-nothing enemy of fitness -- a place to sit eight hours a day and slowly pile on weight.

But what if it were a big part of the solution?

One expert belie... Read the full article

Health Tip: Avoid Cellulite

Those lumpy fat deposits

The term cellulite indicates fat deposits that lurk just below the skin's surface, making the skin appear dimply.

Cellulite doesn't affect everyone, but even thin people aren't immune, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says.

While there's no surefire w... Read the full article

New Insights Into Who's At Risk With Angioplasty

Guidelines based on national data point to those heart patients needing closest monitoring

WEDNESDAY, March 31 Who's most at risk when undergoing the common, artery-opening procedure known as angioplasty?

A major U.S. study may have come up with some answers -- risk factors that doctors can use to gauge the odds of death after angioplasty, also known as "p... Read the full article

Health Tip: Boost Your Body Image

And feel better about yourself

A healthy body image -- the feeling one has about the body's size and shape -- is key to a person's physical and emotional well-being.

The National Women's Health Information Center suggests how people can improve their body image:

Eat healthy, nutri... Read the full article

Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts

Cardiac patients walking back to health with shelter dogs

TUESDAY, March 30 Some recovering heart patients are getting a new "leash" on life as they gain strength by walking dogs housed at a local shelter.

The innovative program, called Cardiac Friends, is a partnership between ProHealth Care (PHC) and Humane Animal Welfare... Read the full article

Diabetes Screening Should Start Sooner

Study found checking for blood sugar disease earlier cut complications, costs

TUESDAY, March 30 Current recommendations suggest that screening for type 2 diabetes start at age 45, especially for those who are overweight, but new research shows cost-effective screening can begin between the ages of 30 and 45 for everyone.

When screening ... Read the full article

Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
  Walking, biking, dancing can all help normal-weight women as they age, study finds
Plavix Less Effective in Some Patients
  FDA calls for 'black box' warning to alert those who don't metabolize drug well
Marathoners Face Greater Risk of Artery Problems
  And this could lead to high blood pressure, heart attack, even death, study suggests
Our Office
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Patient Information
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Meet Dr. Caren
  Get to know Dr. Caren.
Meet Dr. Urman
  Learn more about the founder and editor of our patient newsletter
Conditions Treated
  See the most common cardiac conditions that Drs. Caren and Urman diagnose, evaluate and treat.
Services and Testing
  Learn more about the consultative, diagnostic and therapeutic services and testing offered in our office.
Insurance and Billing
  Please click here to see frequently asked questions (FAQs). Learn why we believe our policies allow us to maintain our high level of personalized patient care.
Dr. Urman certified as a Heart Attack Prevention Specialist
  Dr. Urman was certified as a SHAPE provider by the Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication, an education-based organization that is dedicated to ending the threat of heart attack.
Office News
  Other recent news about our doctors and office.
Erectile Dysfunction Plus Heart Disease Raises Death Risk
  Study confirms that impotence is a risk factor for heart trouble
Are Stock Market Woes Bad for the Heart?
  As economy wobbled, heart attacks seemed to rise, study suggests
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
  In those with low levels to start, odds eased for diabetes, cardio woes, study found
Heart Device May Be Sound Alternative To Surgery For Leaky Mitral Valves
  Cedars-Sinai is the number-one enroller in the world in latest trial showing promising alternative to open-heart surgery to repair leaky mitral valves.
Treat Women With Heart Attack Just Like Men: Study
  That will increase their odds of survival, experts say
Low-Fat Diet Does Little to Alter Cholesterol Levels
  But women who lowered intake of specific kinds of fats -- saturated fats and trans fatty acids -- did have lower a lower rate of heart disease
Fatty foods may cause cocaine-like addiction
  Scientists have finally confirmed what the rest of us have suspected for years: Bacon, cheesecake, and other delicious yet fattening foods may be addictive.
Health Tip: Finding Healthy Fats
  Some are good for you in limited amounts
Healthy Living Adds Years to Life
  Not smoking, maintaining a healthy body weight, keeping blood pressure down and keeping blood sugar levels low will help people live longer.
March Newsletter
  (In case you missed it) Learn About: Coffee generally heart-friendly; Possible alternatives to Coumadin and statins; 3) Right diet can unclog arteries; 4) Diet and exercise can improve thinking
February Newsletter
  (In case you missed it) Learn about: Hormone replacement does not reduce heart risk in women; Possible new weight-loss aid; Happiness protects your heart
In Focus:
From the Doctors Desk (PDF)
  Generic drugs usually provide savings with no difference in therapeutic effectiveness
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