Heart Health e-News: August 2017 - Is the 'Anti-Statin' Trend Threatening Lives?

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Hello, here is your August 2017 issue of Heart Health e-Newslettter.
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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 once again is one of the Top 20 Hospitals in the nation

Health News

Is the 'Anti-Statin' Trend Threatening Lives?
Internet-fueled movement has heart experts concerned about potential consequences

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 A wave of anti-science skepticism may put people with high cholesterol at risk if they're convinced to quit life-saving statin medications, heart experts warn.

An "internet-driven cult" is attackin... » Read the full article

Healthy Heart in 20s, Better Brain in 40s?
Following lifestyle recommendations in young adulthood pays off later, study says

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 Folks with heart-healthy habits in their 20s tend to have larger, healthier brains in their 40s -- brains that may be better prepared to withstand the ravages of aging, a new study reports.

Twen... » Read the full article

Women Driven to Be Thinner When Husband Is Hot
But study finds the dynamic doesn't work the other way around

TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 Having a handsome husband often motivates plain Jane types to diet, a new study finds.

But the same isn't true of wives who are good-looking themselves.

And men displayed little motivati... » Read the full article

Not All Plant Foods Are Equal
Analysis found that only healthy fruits, vegetables and grains guarded against heart disease

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 For years, the mantra has been that eating lots of fruits, vegetables and grains will ward off heart disease, but a new study suggests that choosing the wrong ones may backfire.

The study, of over ... » Read the full article

Timing Is Everything With Heart Attacks
These crises tend to be more frequent on certain days, seasons, study finds

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 Times of high stress -- Mondays and winter holidays -- seem to be especially hard on the heart, according to new research that suggests these periods are when heart attacks are most likely to occur.

<... » Read the full article

Working Too Much Might Tip Heart Into Irregular Rhythm
Study shows a link between on-the-job hours and atrial fibrillation, but couldn't prove cause-and-effect

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 Working long hours might do more than exhaust you -- it could also raise your risk of a common and potentially dangerous heart rhythm disorder, a new British study finds.

"These findings show that ... » Read the full article

CT Scans Might Help Gauge Heart Attack Risk
Researchers aim to identify vulnerable patients before damage becomes irreversible

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 A new CT scan analysis may allow doctors to identify blood vessel inflammation before heart problems actually crop up, researchers report.

Detecting inflammation before it hardens into irreversi... » Read the full article

Viagra Might Make for a Safer, More Effective Stent
In animal study, coating the artery-opening devices with the drug kept vessels clear longer

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 It's worked wonders for men battling erectile dysfunction, and now early research suggests that Viagra -- when added to artery-opening stents -- might cut a patient's odds for clots.

Stents are tin... » Read the full article

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In Gene-Editing Advance, Scientists Correct Defect in Human Embryos
Research addresses a condition that is a common cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes (Wall Street Journal)
Better Diet, Longer Life?
A large study suggests you're never too old to benefit from a commitment to eating healthier
More Evidence That Midlife Weight Gain Harms Your Health
Risk of diabetes, heart disease rises when waistlines widen slowly, study finds
Rich, Well-Educated Get Bigger Bang for Buck From Mediterranean Diet
Researchers suspect food quality may account for the difference
Daily Jolt of Java May Bring Longer Life
Two large studies boost potential benefits of coffee, and one looked at consumption in all races
Dr Mark Urman in Los Angeles Times about Heart Health Effects of Coffee
One Stroke Raises Risk for Another, Even Years Later: Study
Ongoing care is essential to prevent recurrence, experts say
Stopping Statins After Stroke May Raise Risk of Another
Large study serves as warning for stroke survivors who are prescribed cholesterol-lowering meds
Docs Should Counsel Even Healthy People on Diet, Exercise, Experts Say
Influential panel urges doctors to talk to low-risk adults about lifestyle
Take the (Exercise) Plunge
Pool workouts offer a range of health benefits
Walking the Dog, All the Way to Better Health
Even in bad weather, seniors get about 30 minutes of daily activity by taking care of their pet
Take to the Road on 2 Wheels
Biking is a great low-impact cardio workout
Golfing and Gardening Your Way to Fitness
How to turn pastimes into workouts
Health Tip: Don't Pass the Salt, Please
Consuming less sodium
Most American Men Qualify as 'Overfat'
Most women and a lot of kids also appear to have excessive fat, study of developed nations reports
Exercise Can Keep Obese Seniors on the Go
Study ties physical activity to ability to perform everyday tasks
Laughter May Be a Serious Evolutionary Tool
Chuckling together might have helped humans form social groups, researchers say
Health Tip: Reap the Benefits of Intense Exercise
Here's what you may gain
As Your Weight Creeps Up, So Does Your Risk of Heart Failure
But losing a few pounds might help decrease the damage, cardiologist suggests
Aspirin Safe for Heart Failure Patients, Study Finds
Large trial comparing it to warfarin finds aspirin not tied to more hospitalizations or deaths
Museum Displaying Dr. Caren's Pharmaceutical Pen Collection
A portion of his 1200-pharmaceutical pen collection is on display at the Museum of Capitalism exhibition in Jack London Square, Oakland California. The exhibition started on June 17, 2017 and runs through August 20, 2017.
Women and Heart Disease
Top ways women can reduce their heart disease risk
Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor
A more accurate and reflective way to determine if one's blood pressure is optimal
How Old Are Your Arteries?
Find out with a carotid IMT test, a painless, non-invasive test that takes less than 10 minutes
'Diet Foods' to Skip
Lighten up on these substitutes
Are You Eating for the Wrong Reasons?
Getting over an overeating habit
'Eat to Your Heart's Content'
Learn more about the best heart-healthy dietary options
Resisting the Seduction of a Buffet
Tricks to keep from overindulging
Weighing Portions Adds Up to Weight Loss
Put an end to guesstimating calories with simple tools
A Healthy Diet May Help Ward Off Dementia
New studies suggest that, yes, eating right could boost your brain function
Study Spots Cause of Global Outbreak of Infections Tied to Heart Surgeries
Bacteria traced to heating-cooling units used on operating rooms caused cases in multiple countries
Fewer U.S. Dollars Spent on Cardiac Arrest Research: Study
Other causes of death claim the lion's share of funding
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