Heart Health e-News: September 2013 - Who Needs Statins?

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Hello, here is your September 2013 issue of Heart Health e-Newslettter.
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Dr. Caren and Dr. Urman's Heart Health

One of a doctor’s primary obligations is to educate patients.  In fact the origin of the word ‘doctor’ is (via Old French) from the Latin doctor which means ‘teacher’ (from docere ‘teach’).

This complimentary monthly educational service is for our patients and their families but please forward it to anyone who might find it of interest. Click here to enter our website and learn more about our practice. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or wish to make an appointment. 

Drs. Caren and Urman have both been named as:
Drs. Caren and Urman are proud to be Attending Cardiologists in the # 1 Heart Program in Los Angeles
The # 1 Heart Program in The Western US.

Ranked among the Top 10 Heart Programs in the nation by US News & World Report. 
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is on the prestigious Best Hospitals 2013 - 14 Honor Roll.


Statins - While no medication is perfect or risk-free, this medication class introduced over a quarter of a century ago revolutionized the treatment and prevention of heart disease and atherosclerosis.  Click here to read more about statins.

How Important is It That I Take A Statin?

Click here to learn how to find out if your arteries are as healthy as you think they are.

Perhaps Carotid IMT can help determine which seemingly healthy patients do truly need statins?


 Keep up with the latest in heart health and our office


Health News

Should Everyone Over 65 Take a Statin?
Even seniors without known cardiovascular disease may benefit, study suggests, but expert opinions vary

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 28 Men and women over 65 who are at risk for cardiovascular disease but don't have any known heart problems might benefit from cholesterol-lowering drugs, a new study suggests.

The researchers said sta... » Read the full article

High Cholesterol May Be Particularly Bad for Middle-Aged Men
They're far more prone to heart attacks than women, study found

TUESDAY, Aug. 27 Middle-aged men with high cholesterol levels are at greater risk for a first heart attack than similar women are, Norwegian researchers report.

In a study of more than 40,000 men and women under the a... » Read the full article

Scientists Make Damaged Heart Cells Healthy Again in Lab Tests
Ultimate goal is cellular 'patch' after heart attack

THURSDAY, Aug. 22 Scientists report that they've transformed one kind of human heart cell into another in laboratory experiments, a promising development in the bid to find ways to repair damage from heart attacks.

T... » Read the full article

Could Flu Shots Help Prevent Heart Attacks?
Evidence isn't conclusive, but experts say it makes sense for people with heart disease to get vaccine

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21 Getting a flu shot could help protect against a heart attack, Australian researchers say.

Their new study found that hospitalized heart attack patients were about half as likely to have received a f... » Read the full article

Prompt Surgery May Be Best for Heart Valve Leak
Study findings challenge policy of 'watchful waiting' for people with mitral valve regurgitation

TUESDAY, Aug. 13 People with a leaky heart valve will live longer if surgeons repair the leak promptly, even if the patient isn't feeling any symptoms, a new study finds.

Doctors usually employ a strategy of "watchful... » Read the full article

Sports-Related Sudden Death More Likely to Occur in Men: Study
Screening for heart problems might need to be tailored to gender, experts say

TUESDAY, Aug. 13 Sudden cardiac deaths in sports are much more common among men than among women, a new study finds.

Moreover, these deaths varied by sport among men, but not among women, the French researchers added.... » Read the full article

Vitamin D Supplements Don't Lower Blood Pressure: Study
No improvement seen in older adults with hypertension after one year

MONDAY, Aug. 12 Vitamin D supplementation did not lower blood pressure in older patients with high blood pressure in a new study.

The study was published online Aug. 12 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.» Read the full article

Fitness Club Best Place for Cardiac Arrest Survival: Study
Availability of automated external defibrillator may be key.

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 7 People who suffer sudden cardiac arrest at a fitness center are more likely to survive than those stricken at other indoor locations such as restaurants or malls, a new study finds.

The improved chan... » Read the full article

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Half of People With High Blood Pressure Don't Know It
Global study found problem in wealthy and low-income countries alike
200,000 Heart Disease, Stroke Deaths Could Be Prevented
Less progress for Americans under 65, among other disparities reported by CDC
After Heart Surgery, Time to Sweat
Rigorous workouts in rehab help get patients back to work and play after cardiac surgery (Wall Street Journal)
All-in-One Pill May Be Effective Treatment for Heart Care
International study shows cardiac patients more likely to take their drugs if they're packaged together
New Defibrillator Works Without Wires Touching Heart
Device is more durable, making it an alternative for younger patients
EKG Clue for Which Heart Failure Patients Benefit Most from Special Pacemaker
Biventricular pacing or cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) benefits heart failure patients mostly if EKG reveals wider QRS and left bundle branch block (LBBB) (Forbes)
New Diabetes Drug Seems Safe for Heart, Study Finds
Onglyza study reflects new cautious approach to oversight of diabetes medicines, experts say
New App Aims To Relieve Tension
Health through Breath: App aims to melt away stress (USA Today)
Research Looks At Whether Some Exercise Is Too Much
Growing evidence that overdoing marathon running may damage your heart and shorten life expectancy. (Boston Globe)
...But Some Extreme Exercise May Be OK - New Data
Tour de France cyclists live average of 6 years longer than counterparts in general population and die from heart disease less (WSJ)
More fit patients likelier to survive heart bypass
People in better shape heading into bypass surgery less likely to die after procedure than those who less fit (Reuters Health)
Quitting smoking post-angioplasty tied to longer life
Those who quit live an average of two years longer than those who keep smoking, a new study suggests (Reuters Health)
Health Tip: Find the Best Time to Exercise
After your daily temperature is warmest
Mediterranean Diet May Counter Genetic Risk of Stroke
People who consumed plenty of nuts or olive oil fared better in study
Women Smokers Face Increased Risk of Lethal Stroke
Review finds hemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke odds 17% higher than for men who smoke
Ultra-Early Treatment Reduces Disability After Stroke: Study
Administering clot-busting drugs within 90 minutes of mild stroke boosts odds for recovery, experts say
Hospitals Increasingly Give Powerful Clot-Buster for Stroke
But drug known as tPA is still underused, study author says
Gene May Raise Diabetics' Chances of Heart Disease
People with type 2 diabetes plus a certain variant of DNA had 36 percent higher risk
Fruit-Rich Diet Might Lower Aneurysm Risk
Antioxidants may explain finding from large Swedish study, author says
What is an aortic aneurysm?
More Doctors Steer Clear of Medicare (WSJ Video)
Fewer American doctors are treating patients enrolled in Medicare, reflecting frustration with its payment rates and pushback against mounting rules, according to health experts.
Health Tip: Preparing Food With Less Fat
Skim the fat from soups and stews
Health Tip: Frame of Mind Key to Losing Weight
Plan ahead for meals
Urging Your Partner to Diet May Backfire
Response could be unhealthy, such as fasting, taking diet pills or binge eating, study finds
He Diets, She Diets: More Weight-Loss Plans Target Men
Weight-loss companies are becoming savvier about getting men to go on a diet (WSJ)
Gene Tied to Obesity in Humans
Study looked at CRTC1 gene, already associated with body weight in animals
High-Fat Diets May Spur Overeating, Mouse Study Suggests
Chips are stacked against would-be healthy eaters
Meditation Could Help Smokers Cut Down, Study Hints
A month later, those trained in technique smoked less
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