Heart Health e-News: July 2015 - Newest Options for High Cholesterol

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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

Menopausal Women at Lower Heart Risk Than Men of Similar Age
Study found little difference between menopause types, but black women had less advantage than white

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 Menopause is commonly considered a risk factor for heart disease, as the protective effect of estrogen declines. However, in a new study, researchers found that postmenopausal women had a lower risk of d... » Read the full article

Trauma, PTSD May Raise Women's Odds of Heart Attack, Stroke: Study
But the research didn't establish a cause-and-effect relationship

MONDAY, June 29, 2015 Women who have been through a traumatic event or developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) face an increased risk of heart attack or stroke, a new large study suggests.

For women with sever... » Read the full article

Even Slightly Elevated Blood Pressure May Pose Problems for Young Adults
Treatment should begin early to prevent heart trouble, researchers say

MONDAY, June 22, 2015 Young adults with slightly elevated blood pressure may be at risk of heart problems later in life, according to a new study.

Researchers cautioned that blood pressure on the high end of what's co... » Read the full article

Health Tip: Know Your Risk for Aneurysm
Including lifestyle and family history

An aneurysm occurs when part of an artery bulges, may rupture, and could cause dangerous internal bleeding.

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says risk factors include:

Being male, since men... » Read the full article

Heart Rate Changes Linked to Sexual Problems in Women
Preliminary finding could lead to easier way to diagnose dysfunction, expert says

THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 Women with lower resting heart rate variability may be more likely to have sexual problems, a new study suggests.

Heart rate variability refers to differences in the length of time between hea... » Read the full article

Can U.S. Health-Care System Afford New, Improved Cholesterol Drugs?
Medications may cost as much as $12,000 per person each year

THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 A new class of powerful cholesterol drugs is poised to hit the market, and doctors are both hopeful about their potential, and worried that insurers won't pay for them.

The drugs, known as PCSK... » Read the full article

FDA Advisers Recommend Approval of 2nd New Cholesterol Drug
Trials show they slash levels of 'bad' LDL cholesterol, and could benefit those who don't tolerate statins

WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 U.S. health officials recommended Wednesday the approval of a second new drug that's part of a novel class of medications that sharply cuts levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol.

In an 11-4 vote, a ... » Read the full article

FDA Advisers Recommend Approval of First of 2 New Cholesterol Drugs
Trials show they slash levels of 'bad' cholesterol; could be used by people who don't respond to statins

TUESDAY, June 9, 2015 U.S. health experts voted on Tuesday to recommend approval of the first of two drugs in a new class of cholesterol medications that sharply cut "bad" LDL cholesterol in people who don't fare well on statin... » Read the full article

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July 03, 2015

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More Research Hints at Chocolate's Heart Benefits
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute preventive cardiologist, Dr. Mark Urman quoted about study which included milk chocolate, but did not prove cause-and-effect
FDA Tells Food Industry to Stop Using Artificial Trans Fats
Agency gives manufacturers three years to remove them from all foods sold to Americans
Dr Urman Appauds FDA Move to Ban Trans Fats
In a Los Angeles Times article from 2013.
Exercise and Heart Health
You can help prevent the onset or progression of cardiovascular disease by maintaining an active lifestyle.
Health Tip: Exercise Boosts Heart Health
It can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol
Even Light Activity Can Boost Seniors' Health
Researchers suggest 300 minutes weekly of activities such as walking or gardening
Even in Later Life, Exercise Seems to Pay Dividends
Study links activity in older men to longer lives
Health Tip: Exercising With Heart Problems
Consult your doctor first
A Healthy Body Often Equals a Healthy Brain
Chronic problems like obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes take a toll on your brain as well as your heart. Exercise, good diet help maintain memory as much as mental challenges do.
Drug May Be Antidote to Bleeding Tied to Blood Thinner Pradaxa
Idarucizumab quickly reversed the effect in 100 percent of cases, study found
Improved Artificial Heart Valve Approved
Changes designed to minimize leaks with non-surgical procedure. Valve is one of many options available at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute which has done more non-surgical TAVRs than any other center in the US
Building a Better Valve
A new approach to replacing narrowed heart valves allows older and sicker patients to survive treatment (New York Times)
What is Aortic Stenosis?
Seeing Their Clogged Arteries Can Spur Healthy Changes in Patients
Group shown images more likely to stop smoking, eat healthier foods and take meds, study found
Can a 5 Minute Test Help Determine If You Are At Risk for a Heart Attack or Stroke?
CardioHealth, a non-invasive test that can help us tell if you have or are at risk of developing plaque in your arteries. Help determine if you need to be on a daily aspirin or statin -- or not.
Popular Heartburn Meds Linked to Higher Risk of Heart Attack
But don't stop taking proton pump inhibitors based on this study, expert says
Learn More About High Blood Pressure
Many Americans Ill-Informed About Heart Failure: Survey
Recognizing symptoms is key to effective treatment, cardiologist says
What is Heart Failure?
What is an Aortic Aneurysm?
Statins Pose No Greater Harm to Memory, Study Suggests
Review of more than a million patients finds the drugs are no worse for recall than other cholesterol fighters
Herpes Virus Tied to Angina Risk, Study Suggests
But researchers note that only 1 percent of people has the virus strain hidden in their DNA
Most Physical Activity Helps You Sleep Better
But housework and child care linked to poorer slumber
Poor Sleep? Eating Less at Night May Make Next Day Easier
Study found insomniacs who didn't eat after 10 p.m. were more alert
Can Smartphones Interfere With Pacemakers?
Study finds tiny risk, and users are advised to keep phones away from chest pockets
Health Tip: What's Behind High Cholesterol?
Risk factors include poor diet and exercise habits
Learn more about Cholesterol
How can it contribute to plaque in the arteries, heart disease and what can be done about it?
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