Heart Health e-News: September 2015 - Dr Urman on The Value of Second Opinions

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Your Heart Is Likely 'Older' Than You Are
Smoking, high blood pressure and cholesterol can age this vital organ, CDC says

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 Three out of four American adults have a heart that's "older" than their years, raising their risk for heart attack or stroke, federal health officials said Tuesday.

Your "heart age" is based on... » Read the full article

Cutting Calories May Help You Fend Off Age-Linked Disease: Study
Smaller portions could lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, even in low-risk people

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 Want to enjoy a healthier old age? Try eating a little less each day.

That's the suggestion from a new study led by researchers at the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA).

The "res... » Read the full article

Knee, Hip Replacement Surgeries Linked to Heart Risks
Odds are highest in the month following the procedure, study finds

MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 People who have total hip or knee replacement surgery face a greater risk for a heart attack during the first month following the procedure, a new study finds.

The chances of a heart attack were ... » Read the full article

Naps May Do a Heart Good
Study found they lowered blood pressure in patients, were linked to better heart and vessel health

MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 Taking a midday nap might be beneficial for your heart, new research suggests.

The investigators looked at how an hour-long siesta at noon affected blood pressure among nearly 400 middle-aged peo... » Read the full article

FDA Approves Second Drug in New Class of Cholesterol-Lowering Medications
Trials showed Repatha slashed 'bad' LDL cholesterol levels in those who couldn't tolerate statins

THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a second drug that's part of a potent new class of medications that sharply cut levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol.

Repatha (evolocumab),... » Read the full article

Exercise May Be Good Medicine for Irregular Heartbeat
Obese patients with atrial fibrillation saw odds of recurrence decline as fitness level improved

MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 Exercise appears to help control an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation in obese people, a new study finds.

Australian researchers found that "cardiorespiratory fitness" reduced the... » Read the full article

Revamp Abdominal Aneurysm Screening, Save More Men's Lives: Study
Smokers, seniors and those with high blood pressure face greatest risk

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 A change in screening policies could help detect more abdominal aortic aneurysms in older men and save more lives, a new study claims.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm is a potentially deadly bulging... » Read the full article

Could Your Smartphone Help Boost Your Heart Health?
Special apps, trackers may boost weight loss, exercise, quitting smoking, early studies suggest

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 Smartphones could become a high-tech tool to help boost heart health, experts say.

The apps and wearable sensors on many cellphones can track exercise, activity and heart rates, and while evid... » Read the full article

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Dr Urman: The Value of Medical Second Opinions
He is quoted in the Wall Street Journal regarding the options for patients, especially when surgery or a procedure is recommended for a condition
FDA Approves Repatha for High Cholesterol
A leading cause of heart disease
New Alternatives to Statins Add to a Quandary on Cholesterol
Statins have helped reduce the risk of heart attack, yet they aren't perfect and some patients can't tolerate them. The new PCSK9 inhibitors might be a reasonable alternative in the highest risk patients but they come at a high price (NY Times)
Most Don't Need 'Bridging' When They Stop Warfarin Temporarily
Clot risk doesn't appear to rise without additional drug treatment in patients with atrial fibrillation
No Mental Benefits Seen for Elderly Who Stop Blood Pressure Meds
Prior research had suggested that the drugs might have negative effect on memory and thinking
Could Lots of Coffee Up Heart Risks for Young Adults With High Blood Pressure?
Study finds an association, but can't prove cause and effect
Learn More About High Blood Pressure
Blood Pressure Drugs Linked to Longer Ovarian Cancer Survival
But researchers say clinical trials needed to prove older beta blockers lengthen life in these patients
High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy May Reappear Later in Life: Study
Genetics might play a key role in the findings
Breast-Feeding’s Heart Benefits
(NY Times) Breastfeeding may reduce a woman’s risk for cardiovascular disease later in life. Researchers found that the less time a woman breastfed, the thicker her carotid arteries and the more likely she was to have atherosclerotic plaque
Progress Slows Against Heart Disease Deaths for Adults Under 55, Study Shows
Women seem especially at risk, and more research is needed, experts say
Effort Needed To Combat Heart Disease In Women (Op-ed)
Ron Perelman, co-founder of Women’s Heart Alliance: “heart disease and stroke cost the US almost a billion dollars a day” and the “toll is only growing.” And women’s health “is at the heart of the epidemic we face,” but women are often unaware of the danger (USA Today)
How Old Are Your Arteries?
CardioHealth, a 5 minute non-invasive test can help us tell if you have or are at risk of developing plaque in your arteries. Are you at risk for a heart attack or stroke?
Low-Fat May Beat Low-Carb Diet for Trimming Body Fat: Study
But best weight-loss plan is one you can stick with long-term, researcher says
Weight Loss Fights Fatty Liver Condition Associated with Heart Disease, No Matter How It's Done
Through surgery or lifestyle changes, shedding pounds improves nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
Health Tip: Strive to Lose Weight
Adopt these success strategies
Your Commute Could Help You Lose Weight (WSJ)
Commuters who took public transit, walked or biked lost pounds compared with people who drove
Learn more about Cholesterol
How can it contribute to plaque in the arteries, heart disease and what can be done about it?
Health Tip: Having Heart Palpitations
Strong emotions or medication are possible triggers
Mixed Results on Value of Testosterone Supplements for Men's Health
They may not harm the heart, but most men didn't see boost in sex lives either, study found
What is an Aortic Aneurysm?
Moderate Exercise May Reduce Men's Heart Failure Risk
But study also finds too much exercise raises the odds of heart trouble
What is Heart Failure?
Wireless Pacemaker Shows Promise in Early Trial
Though it can be placed in heart without surgery, unlike tradtional devices, some safety concerns remain
Low-Dose Aspirin May Lower Colon Cancer Risk
But findings should be viewed with care
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