Heart Health Blog

Dr Urman: 5 Steps Can Slash Heart Attack Risk 80 Percent

Dr. Mark Urman, preventive cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, is quoted in Men’s Journal about a recent study that shows that middle-aged and older men were much less likely to have heart attacks over an average of 11 years if they drank moderately, didn’t smoke and did everything right on the diet, exercise and weight […]

  • Posted on: Nov 18 2014
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Pros and Cons of Generic Drugs

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), generic drugs are biologically equal to brand name drugs in dosage form, safety, strength, route of administration, quality, performance characteristics and intended use. Essentially, a generic drug is a copycat of a brand name drug (created after the patent from the brand name has ended). They’re also […]

  • Posted on: Jul 30 2014
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Men’s Health Month: Screenings for Early Detection of Heart Disease

Men’s health is in the spotlight for the month of June. For the most part, men habitually avoid going to see their doctors until there is some sort of health emergency. Women out live men on average of 5 years in the United States, with cardiovascular disease as the leading cause for men’s death. The […]

  • Posted on: Jun 6 2014
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Drinking Alcohol and Heart Health

Can moderate alcohol consumption benefit people who have heart disease? What are the benefits? Alcohol can be good for the heart but like many other things in life, too much of a good thing can be bad as well. Research suggests that regular small amounts of alcohol can have a protective effect on one’s heart […]

  • Posted on: Apr 26 2014
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Testosterone Supplements and Heart Health

Taking a testosterone supplement might increase men’s risk of suffering a heart attack, according to a new medical study. The study, which was conducted by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, looked at more than 55,000 men who had started taking testosterone. Testosterone supplements have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration […]

  • Posted on: Apr 1 2014
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Is Erectile Dysfunction a Sign of Heart Disease?

Erectile Dysfunction (commonly known as “ED”)  refers to a man’s inability to hold an erection sufficient enough for sexual intercourse. Though many men may not realize it, ED can be an early warning sign of major heart problems. Atherosclerosis is a process where plaque builds in the arteries, potentially leaving them clogged. Smaller arteries of […]

  • Posted on: Feb 21 2014
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New Alternatives to Coumadin for Those with Atrial Fibrillation

Coumadin, which has been the most commonly prescribed oral blood thinning agent for years, now has some competition. Also known as warfarin and sold under the brand names Jantoven, Marevan and Lawarin, Coumadin has long been the primary medication option for those suffering from atrial fibrillation (AFib). Atrial fibrillation, the most common form of arrhythmia, […]

  • Posted on: Jan 31 2014
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New Cholesterol Treatment Guidelines: Treat Risk Not Cholesterol

One cardiologist’s opinion This past week, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association released new guidelines for the treatment of high cholesterol and the prevention of heart attack and stroke. The new recommendations are a revolutionary change in how doctors should determine which patients should be on cholesterol-lowering medication and specifically how […]

  • Posted on: Nov 16 2013
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Dr Urman Quoted in LA Times About FDA Ban of Trans-fats

Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute cardiologist, Dr. Mark Urman, is quoted in the Los Angeles Times (and Medscape) about healthcare providers applauding the FDA move to ban artery-clogging trans fats. It is a move that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as FDA officials feel that could help prevent 7,000 deaths from heart […]

  • Posted on: Nov 7 2013
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Is Red Yeast Rice Right for You?

Is It A Reasonable Alternative to Statins to Lower Cholesterol or A Risky Unregulated Natural Substance? For the millions of Americans with high cholesterol, heart disease is a big concern. While many people may choose to stick with traditional treatments to lower their cholesterol, some seek a more natural heart health treatment. One alternative treatment […]

  • Posted on: Oct 1 2013
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