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June 04, 2010

In This Issue
Health Tip: Caring for a Pacemaker
Dual Therapy Best for Preventing Bleeding After Heart Procedures
Shorter Hospital Stays May Hinder Heart Failure Patients
Being Young and Sedentary Raises Hypertension Risk Later
Matching Heart Donors by Race Unnecessary?
Surviving Cardiac Arrest Depends on Your Location
Radiation for Prostate Cancer May Boost Fracture Risk
Bursts of Vigorous Activity Appear to Be a 'Stress-Buffer'
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 is published monthly. Please click above 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. Addtional general information and recent news about our office can also be found to the right. The latest news items about heart health are found below.

Health News

Health Tip: Caring for a Pacemaker

Living with the device

While today's pacemakers are built to withstand the daily grind of modern life, they still require care.

The American Heart Association offers these suggestions:

Don't apply pressure over the part of the chest where the pacemaker is implanted. ... Read the full article

Dual Therapy Best for Preventing Bleeding After Heart Procedures

But combined techniques less likely to be used for those at highest risk, study finds

TUESDAY, June 1 The risk of bleeding in patients undergoing procedures such as balloon angioplasty and stent implants to open blocked arteries can be lowered best through the combined use of vessel-closing devices and a blood thinner, researchers say.

Bleeding is a c... Read the full article

Shorter Hospital Stays May Hinder Heart Failure Patients

Quicker discharge tied to more readmissions, at-home deaths, study finds

TUESDAY, June 1 Americans hospitalized for heart failure are being discharged faster, but the incidence of out-of-hospital deaths and readmissions has increased, a new study finds.

While in-hospital death rates have decreased, "the results are very mixed, and overall... Read the full article

Being Young and Sedentary Raises Hypertension Risk Later

20-year study found if young adults were more fit, 34% of high blood pressure cases could be prevented

TUESDAY, June 1 Low levels of physical activity and fitness significantly increase the risk of developing high blood pressure, a 20-year study of young adults shows.

The study, released online June 1 in advance of publication in the July print issue of the journal Read the full article

Matching Heart Donors by Race Unnecessary?

Death rates higher among black recipients, but ethnicity of donor made no difference, study shows

TUESDAY, June 1 A constellation of factors -- including flaws in the health care system, insurance and education levels and biological differences between the races -- may explain why blacks often do worse than whites after undergoing heart transplants, a new study suggests.Read the full article

Surviving Cardiac Arrest Depends on Your Location

Study found death rate up to three times higher in poorer neighborhoods

TUESDAY, June 1 A person's chances of surviving a cardiac arrest depend largely on the neighborhood in which they collapse, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that people who suffer from cardiac arrest in some neighborhoods of Fulton ... Read the full article

Radiation for Prostate Cancer May Boost Fracture Risk

Study found treatment hiked hip fractures by 58 percent

SUNDAY, May 30 A new study suggests that prostate cancer patients who undergo three-dimensional external-beam radiation therapy may be at increased risk of breaking their hips, but they can take action to strengthen their bones after treatment.

Doctors already know t... Read the full article

Bursts of Vigorous Activity Appear to Be a 'Stress-Buffer'

Exercise 3 days per week may slow cell aging, research suggests

FRIDAY, May 28 Short bouts of exercise can go a long way to reduce the impact stress has on cell aging, new research reveals.

Vigorous physical activity amounting to as little as 14 minutes daily, three day per week would suffice for the protective effect to kick in,... Read the full article

The Best Diet? That Depends on You
  From the multitude of weight-loss plans, pick one tailored to your traits
With Long-Term Exercise, Being 80 Is Just a Number
  Seniors find that strength, flexibility can remain, and heart risks fall
Prevention Gets Credit for Fewer Heart Deaths
  But increases in diabetes and obesity could reverse the trend, experts warn
Our Office
  Learn more about our office
Patient Information
  Learn about Office Hours, Appointments, Preparing for Your First Visit and More...
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 our doctors diagnose, evaluate and treat.
Dr. Urman named Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA)
  Dr. Urman receives this distinguished and esteemed honor.
Office News
  Other recent news about our doctors and 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.
'Healthy' Pre-Diabetics Still Face Heart Disease Threat
  Experts urge preventive steps for those at risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes
Bran Intake Helps Those With Diabetes
  Study finds lower death rates among women who ate the most whole grains
Mediterranean Diet Helps Protect Aging Brain
  People who scored highest in adherence to diet least likely to suffer mental decline, study finds
Brown Rice Tied to Better Heart Health in Study
  Conversion to white rice strips vital ingredient, researchers believe
Health Tip: Reduce Dietary Sugar
  Here are some suggestions
Nearly Half of U.S. Adults Have Heart Risk Factors
  High blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes now widespread, CDC survey finds
Calcium Scan Improves Heart Risk Prediction
  It may give doctors new tool in treating and managing heart disease, experts say
Herbal Supplements, Warfarin Can Be Hazardous Mix
  Garlic, ginkgo, St John's Wort could all upset bleeding/clotting balance, study found
Health Tip: Use Warfarin Safely
  Drug that makes your blood less likely to clot
Newsletter Archive
  In case you have missed our previous newsletters
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