Your Heart Health e-News - May 2011

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May 06, 2011

In This Issue
Moderate Levels of Arsenic in Water Can Pose Health Threat
Cardiac Arrest Less Deadly in Exercise Facilities, Study Finds
Screening Teens' Hearts Could Be Lifesaving
Blood Pressure May Hint at Kidney Cancer Outcome
Can Hormone Therapy or the Pill Prevent Brain Aneurysms?
Sex, Coffee May Boost Risk of Brain Aneurysm Rupture: Study
Obese Teens Lack Vitamin D, Study Finds
New Gene Linked to Congenital Heart Defects
Today's Feature

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

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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 under "Health News."

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Health News

Moderate Levels of Arsenic in Water Can Pose Health Threat

Study in Bangladesh finds it may raise the risk of heart disease

THURSDAY, May 5 Even moderate levels of arsenic in drinking water increases the risk for heart disease, a new study suggests.

Arsenic is a naturally occuring element found in the earth's crust. High concentrations of arsenic in groundwater pose a public health threa... Read the full article

Cardiac Arrest Less Deadly in Exercise Facilities, Study Finds

50% of victims survived, compared with 36% in other indoor public places

THURSDAY, May 5 You stand a better chance of survival if your heart stops beating while you're in an exercise facility than if you're in another type of indoor public place, a new study found.

Overall, 50 percent of cardiac arrest victims survived if the attack occu... Read the full article

Screening Teens' Hearts Could Be Lifesaving

Researcher calls ECG test a 'no-brainer' for athletes but sees benefits for all

THURSDAY, April 5 Checking the hearts of teenagers, athletes and non-athletes alike, could save thousands of lives, a new study suggests.

The heart check recommended is an electrocardiogram (ECG), which records the electrical activity in the heart and identifies thos... Read the full article

Blood Pressure May Hint at Kidney Cancer Outcome

Study finds that high levels indicate drug treatment is working

THURSDAY, May 5 In people with advanced kidney cancer, blood pressure appears to indicate how well their medication is working, with high blood pressure linked to longer survival, new research shows.

The finding comes from a study of 544 people being treated with th... Read the full article

Can Hormone Therapy or the Pill Prevent Brain Aneurysms?

Study authors say estrogen protects blood vessel walls, but expert questions quality of research

THURSDAY, May 5 Taking birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy could protect women against brain aneurysms later in life, a new study suggests, although one neurologist questioned the quality of the research.

Cerebral aneurysms occur when a blood vessel in... Read the full article

Sex, Coffee May Boost Risk of Brain Aneurysm Rupture: Study

Activities that raise blood pressure appear to be the cause, researcher suggests

THURSDAY, May 5 If you have a brain aneurysm, drinking coffee, having sex or even getting angry may boost the risk of it rupturing, a new study suggests.

Although the risk is extremely small, people who have aneurysms should be careful, said Dr. Sahil Parikh, assis... Read the full article

Obese Teens Lack Vitamin D, Study Finds

Whether raising levels would mitigate risks of being overweight remains unclear

WEDNESDAY, May 4 Low levels of vitamin D are common in obese adolescents, a new study finds.

Researchers screened 68 obese adolescents and found low vitamin D levels in all of the girls (72 percent were deemed deficient and 28 percent insufficient) and in 91 percent ... Read the full article

New Gene Linked to Congenital Heart Defects

Researchers pinpoint second gene crucial to heart development

WEDNESDAY, May 4 A gene essential to cardiac development has been associated with a group of congenital heart defects that cause a major proportion of childhood death from heart abnormalities.

It is unclear how these cardiac defects -- all malformations of the left ... Read the full article

Expired Pill Samples as Art
  See Dr. Caren's latest artistic expression and social commentary (now on display in our waiting room)
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
  Dried apples lower bad cholesterol, study found
Artery Plaque Forms in Short Time Span, Scientists Say
  Analysis finds newest plaques most likely to cause medical problems
  Learn more about atherosclerosis (plaque in the arteries) which can lead to heart disease and stroke.
Lifestyle Changes Can Slash Blood Fat Levels, Experts Say
  Improving exercise, eating habits reduces triglycerides, heart association notes
For Nonsmokers, Healthy Living Cuts Death Rate in Half: Study
  Better diet, exercise and keeping slim fend off heart disease, cancer, research shows
Brisk Walk Can Boost Blood Flow to the Brain: Report
  Older women benefited from aerobic activity, 30-50 minutes, 3-4 times per week, small study found
Health Tip: Choose Healthy Carbohydrates
  Look for whole grains and those high in fiber
Less Invasive Procedure for Aortic Stenosis Shows Promise
  FDA approval still pending for "game-changing" non-surgical transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). Cedars-Sinai has nation's largest experience with this alternative for those deemed not suitable or at high risk for open-heart surgery.
Aortic stenosis: narrowing of the aortic valve.
  Learn more about a condition that reduces the amount of blood that flows out of the heart and puts excess stress on the heart. Aortic stenosis is becoming more common as our population ages.
Clip Device for Leaky Heart Valve Seems Effective
  Study suggests MitraClip may help some with mitral regurgitation avoid open-heart surgery. Cedars-Sinai enrolled most patients world-wide.
Mitral regurgitation: excess leaking of the mitral valve.
  Learn more about mitral regurgitation and a common cause: mitral valve prolapse
Women Taking Calcium Supplements May Risk Heart Health, Researchers Say
  Authors urge further studies, getting calcium from food instead of pills
Risks of Estrogen Hormone Therapy Seen to Fade After Treatment Ends
  Increased odds of stroke, blood clots dissipate, as do most benefits, researchers find
Certain Diabetes Drugs Better for Heart Health, Study Finds
  Metformin, the usual first choice medication, said to lead the pack
Too Many Hours at Work Might Harm the Heart
  Study of British workers found 11-hour days raised heart disease risk 67%
Yoga May Also Calm a Dangerous Irregular Heartbeat
  Small study found reduction in episodes of atrial fibrillation, which can raise stroke risk
More about atrial fibrillation
  Learn more about the most common arrhythmia in the US
Can Coffee Cut a Woman's Stroke Risk?
  Swedish study shows even a cup a day reduces the risk; experts say more proof needed
Dr. Urman in LA Times about Coffee
  Coffee likely isn't harmful, might be beneficial but isn't as important as overall heart-healthy diet and regular physical activity
Insurance and Billing FAQ's
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Meet Dr. Caren
  Get to know the man behind the camera.
Meet Dr. Urman
  Learn more about the founder and medical editor of our patient newsletter
Two Different Heart Drugs May Work Equally Well for High-Risk Patients
  Study found ARB, calcium channel blocker both helped those with hypertension, glucose intolerance
Death Rates Among People With High Blood Pressure Falling
  But they're still at raised risk over those without hypertension
Learn more about Hypertension
  The higher your blood pressure is, the higher the risk of heart disease. How to treat hypertension with medications and lifestyle changes.
Many Americans Ill-Informed About Red Wine, Sea Salt: Survey
  Confusion puts heart health at risk, experts say. For example: most Americans have heard that red wine has health benefits, but many don't understand the need to limit consumption
Health Tip: Cut Down on Sodium
  And lower your risk of heart problems
Tai Chi May Help Heart Failure Patients
  Ancient Chinese exercise seems to improve quality of life, researchers report
Office News
  Recent news about our doctors and office.
Newsletter Archive
  In case you have missed our previous newsletters
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