Patient Education and Resources
Dr. Caren and Dr. Urman feel that the best medical decisions are made when a doctor who is up to date on medical treatments has an open dialogue with an informed patient.
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’).
Commonly Treated Conditions
This is not a complete list but rather the more commonly treated conditions by our cardiologists who have vast experience in all of these areas. To learn about a specific condition or disease, click on the rollover link where provided.
Patient Education for Cardiac Conditions and SymptomsWe have provided this section not to provide specific medical advice, but rather to provide our patients and prospective patients with cardiac conditions and disease information to better understand their health and diagnosed disorders. The information provided is for general informational and educational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Specific medical advice cannot be provided and we urge you to consult with your physician or qualified health professionals who are familiar with your individual medical needs and for diagnosis and answers to your personal questions.
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Angioplasty (history of or second-opinion)
- Anti coagulation
- Aortic aneurysm
- Aortic regurgitation
- Aortic stenosis
- Arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
- Atherosclerosis (plaque in the arteries)
- Atrial fibrillation
- Blood thinners
- Bypass surgery (history of or need for)
- Carotid artery disease or blockage
- Chest Pain
- Circulation problems
- Congestive heart failure
- Coronary artery disease
- Coumadin (warfarin) management
- Edema (swelling)
- Family history of heart disease
- Heart Attack (including history of)
- Heart Failure
- Heart murmur
- Hypercholesterolemia (high or abnormal cholesterol)
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Lipid Management
- Metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance)
- Mitral regurgitation
- Mitral stenosis
- Mitral valve prolapse
- Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
- Myocardial ischemia
- Pericardial effusion
- Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
- Shortness of breath
- Stent (history of or need for)
- Syncope (fainting)
- Valve disease (or history of replacement with mechanical or tissue valve)
“The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.” – William Osler
Patient Education Newsletter
Click here for more information on our monthly Heart Health e-Newsletter for our patients and their families.
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Heart Health Blog
Click here to see our Heart Health Educational Blog articles.
From the Doctor’s Desk
- Generic Drugs
- Red Yeast Rice
- New Alternatives to Coumadin for Atrial Fibrillation (updated June 2015)
Heart Healthy Diets
Click here for more on the best dietary way-of-life for you to keep your heart healthy and your soul joyful.
More Tips for Heart Healthy Meals. We encourage you to explore the full Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology website.
Click here for Oldways – a nonproﬁt food and nutrition education organization, with a mission to inspire healthy eating through cultural food traditions and lifestyles
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates
Other Resources for our Patients
(Click on the logo to link you to useful heart-health related information)
General cardiology patient education by the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the leading cardiovascular professional association
The American Heart Association’s patient portal for information, tools and resources about cardiovascular disease and stroke.
A National Awareness Campaign For Women About Heart Disease sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health
WomenHeart champions prevention and early detection, accurate diagnosis and proper treatment of women’s heart disease.
The Women’s Heart Alliance (WHA) was formed to raise awareness, encourage action and drive new research to fight women’s heart disease.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women. Yet many women aren’t aware of their risk or what they can do to prevent heart disease. So what can you do? Get Heart Checked.
Dr. Urman feels this is the most balanced, truthful and honest source for heart and general healthy eating.