Heart Health e-News: April 2015 - Latest From Last Month's Cardiology Conference

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Hello, here is your April 2015 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. 

Top Rated Cardiologists

Drs. Caren and Urman are proud to be Attending Cardiologists in the
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute - recognized as a
Top 10 Heart Program in the nation
for 2013 - 2014 and 2014 - 2015 by U.S. News & Word Report

A reflection of the leading edge cardiac services we offer and the results we obtain for our patients, their families and the community

# 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 also on the prestigious Best Hospitals 2014 - 15 Honor Roll as it was the prior year. This is the list of the country's 17 best hospitals, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report and Cedars was ranked twelfth.

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Health News

Heart Groups Issue Updated Blood Pressure Guidelines
Aim is more flexibility for those with heart disease, doctors say

TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 Three leading groups of heart experts have issued updated guidelines that set blood pressure goals for people with heart disease.

Specifically, the guidelines reinforce a target blood pressure ... » Read the full article

Tackling Obesity May Ease a Dangerous Irregular Heartbeat
Keeping the weight off over time was key to curbing atrial fibrillation, study found

MONDAY, March 16, 2015 There's good news for people who are obese and have atrial fibrillation, a common form of irregular heartbeat: Losing weight may help restore healthy heart rhythm.

That's the finding from a new ... » Read the full article

Procedure May Beat Drug in Patients With Heart Failure, Irregular Heartbeat
Catheter ablation appears to outperform Amiodarone in people with both conditions, study finds

MONDAY, March 16, 2015 Patients with heart failure can sometimes also develop the dangerous irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, which can raise their odds for stroke.

Now, a study to be presented Monday ... » Read the full article

Experimental Drug Shows Promise in Lowering Cholesterol, Heart Attack Risk
Adding the 'investigational biologic' evolocumab to statin therapy works better, study says

SUNDAY, March 15, 2015 Adding an experimental new biologic drug to conventional cholesterol-lowering drugs may result in better cholesterol control and reduced risks of heart attack and stroke, accor... » Read the full article

Better Treatments Helping People With Enlarged Hearts Live Longer: Study
People with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are benefiting from defibrillators, other advances

SATURDAY, March 14, 2015 Advances in treatment mean that people with an enlarged heart now live longer than they did 10 or 15 years ago, a new study finds.

Researchers examined death rates and causes of death betwee... » Read the full article

More Evidence That Hormone Therapy Might Not Help Women's Hearts
Review also found raised risk of stroke for some, although timing of use may be a key factor

TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There's yet another study looking at the potential dangers of hormone replacement therapy for menopausal symptoms, and this one supports the notion that the treatment may not help women's hearts.

... » Read the full article

More Whole Grains May Boost Life Span
But study found you'll need to eat a lot to gain most benefit

TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 In more good news for those who fill up on bran cereal and quinoa, a new study suggests that older people who eat a lot of whole grains may live longer than those who hardly ever eat them.

Even... » Read the full article

Exercise Might Help His Sex Life
Men who get the most physical activity report more erections, orgasms, study says

MONDAY, March 23, 2015 Up and at 'em, guys. Exercise might boost your sex life, a new study suggests.

Nearly 300 men provided information about their physical activity levels and their ability to have erections and or... » Read the full article

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FDA Expands Approval for 'Valve in Valve' Aortic Replacement
Now includes people at risk for open-heart surgery complications
Outcomes Vary With Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Replacement
Transcatheter procedure was designed for patients too frail for open heart surgery
Some Older Heart Patients Might Benefit From Aggressive Treatments
Those who suffered milder type of heart attack or unstable chest pain did worse if only given medication
Good Heart Health May Help Stave Off Dementia, Study Says
Poorer cardiac function linked to doubled odds for mental decline
Healthy Lifestyle May Guard Against Dementia
Study found seniors who were advised on better eating, exercise scored higher on mental tests
Could a Diet Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Scientists say the MIND eating plan significantly reduces risk of the brain disorder
Study Gauges Value of CT Scans for Heart Patients
CT may slightly outperform 'functional' tests because it helps rule out unnecessary procedures, researchers say
CT Scans Might Spot Heart Risks More Clearly in Patients With Chest Pain
Study found they changed treatments, lowered chances of later heart attack more than standard care
Diet Sodas Linked to Widening Waistlines in Seniors: Study
But it's not clear whether the noncaloric drinks are a direct cause, experts say
Health Tip: Benefits From Proper Diet and Exercise
Positives include better stress management
Health Tip: Build a Fitness Support System
Get family and friends to keep you motivated
Salt May Be Bad for More Than Your Blood Pressure
Study found damage to organs and tissues, even with no sign of hypertension
Health Tip: Boost the Flavor of Your Food
Without salt or fat
Health Tip: Confused About Comfort Foods?
You may not have to give up your faves to lose weight
Confused About Heart Healthy Eating?
Click here for sensible balanced dietary advice
Learn More About a Heart-Healthy Mediterranean Diet
Health Tip: Monitoring Your Weight
Weigh yourself often
Health Tip: Evaluating a Weight-Loss Program
Ask these questions to be sure it's safe
Folic Acid May Help Ward Off Stroke in People With High Blood Pressure
Chinese study found significantly lower rates in those who got an extra supply of the nutrient
Vitamin D Won't Help Fight High Blood Pressure, Researchers Say
Review of data from dozens of prior studies finds no benefit
Smokers Fare Worse After Heart Procedures, Study Finds
They had much higher risk of heart attack, stroke or death than nonsmokers or those who quit
Secondhand Smoke May Put Kids at Risk for Heart Disease as Adults
Children of smokers nearly twice as likely to have plaque buildup in carotid arteries years later, study says
Can a 5 Minute Test Help Determine If You Are At Risk for a Heart Attack or Stroke?
Learn more about CardioHealth, a non-invasive test that can tell if you have or are at risk of developing plaque in your arteries.
FDA Warns of Cardiac Effect When Heart Drug Mixed With Hepatitis C Meds
Adding Harvoni or Sovaldi to amiodarone could cause dangerous slowing of heart rate, agency says
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