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Women's Heart Risks Increase After Menopause

A groundbreaking study led by Ella Ishaaya, MD, an internal medicine physician at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California, sheds light on the specific challenges post-menopausal women face regarding cardiovascular health,.
May 21st, 2024
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Eggs May Be Okay for Your Heart

Eggs have long been at the center of a nutritional debate, primarily concerning their cholesterol content and the impact on cardiovascular health. For years, the humble egg has been vilified, accused of raising cholesterol levels and being detrimental.
Apr 30th, 2024
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Sleep Troubles Can Raise Your Blood Pressure

Kaveh Hosseini, MD, assistant professor of cardiology and the principal investigator of the study, unveiled groundbreaking research demonstrating a clear link between sleep duration and the risk of developing HBP
Apr 22nd, 2024
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Binge-Drinking Can Raise CVD Risk Among Women

In recent findings presented at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session, a new study has cast light on the relationship between alcohol consumption and coronary heart disease (CHD) among young to middle-aged women.
Apr 17th, 2024
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Statins May Lower Dementia Risk in People With Heart Failure

Statins, widely known for their cholesterol-lowering effects, have been the cornerstone of cardiovascular disease prevention for decades. However, recent research published on January 16, 2024, in Lancet Regional Health by researchers in Hong Kong.
Mar 19th, 2024
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The Many Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate, often revered for its rich taste and indulgence, also harbors an array of health benefits that go beyond mere pleasure. This blog post delves into the surprising and multifaceted health benefits of dark chocolate.
Feb 14th, 2024
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10 Tips to Protect Your Brain's Health

The human brain, a complex and vital organ, requires care and maintenance to remain healthy throughout our lives. With the rise in cognitive diseases like Alzheimer's and conditions such as dementia, it's increasingly important to adopt lifestyle habits.
Jan 17th, 2024
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Getting Off To A Great Start For 2024

The new year is an opportunity for a fresh start, a time to set new goals and establish habits that contribute to personal and professional growth. Let's explore how to kick off 2024 with positive momentum
Dec 26th, 2023
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10 Ways To A Heart-Healthy Holiday

The holiday season, while filled with joy and celebration, can also be a challenging time for maintaining heart health. With an abundance of food, drink, and festive activities, it's easy to neglect the routines and habits that keep our hearts in shape.
Dec 19th, 2023

How Does Hypertension Affect Your Heart?

Hypertension is often called the “silent killer,” since symptoms are few in the early stages of this common condition. Despite its silence, hypertension can cause significant heart damage when left untreated. Here’s what you should know.
Dec 5th, 2023
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The Mediterranean Diet: A Key to Trimming Belly Fat?

The endless quest to find an effective method to reduce stubborn belly fat has always been a subject of interest among health enthusiasts and professionals. From rigorous exercise routines to various diets, the journey to eliminate visceral fat
Nov 22nd, 2023
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Not So Nutty: How Tree Nuts Could Be the Key to Heart Health

Recently, a meticulous evaluation of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) between 2011 and 2018 has illuminated a promising association: regular tree nut consumption may play a role in decreasing the risk of CVD.
Nov 13th, 2023

5 Heart-Healthy Ways to Enjoy the Holidays

It’s tempting to put aside the goal of maintaining a heart-healthy life amidst all the delightful chaos that marks the holiday season. But you can indulge in holiday fun, flavor, and celebration without sacrificing your heart.
Nov 7th, 2023
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Getting Better Sleep - A Helpful Article

Whether you’re ready to go when the sun rises or energized late into the night, making sure you’re getting adequate sleep is essential for a healthy lifestyle. And one of the keys to feeling more refreshed may just lie in accepting that you have a natural
Oct 19th, 2023
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Water, Water Everywhere

Did you know that about 20% of our body’s water needs comes from food? Fresh fruits and vegetables are particularly high in water content.
Oct 11th, 2023
Why You Shouldn't Ignore Frequent Chest Pain

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Frequent Chest Pain

Chest pain does not always signal a life-threatening emergency, but it could. Learn more about the causes of chest pain and why it’s something you should never ignore. 
Oct 1st, 2023
Heart Problems That Can Cause Shortness of Breath

Heart Problems That Can Cause Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath is a common symptom of many ailments, from a viral respiratory infection to a blood clot in the lungs. But it’s also a common symptom of many conditions that affect the heart. Keep reading to learn more.
Sep 1st, 2023
Steps to Lower Your Heart Attack Risk

Steps to Lower Your Heart Attack Risk

You can’t always prevent a heart attack, nor can you change some risk factors, such as age or family history. But there is much you can do to limit your risks at any age, regardless of your family history. And it may be easier than you think.
Aug 1st, 2023
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Unraveling the Link Between Red Meat, CVD & Diabetes

Diet plays a crucial role in our overall health, and numerous studies have investigated the relationship between various food groups and the risk of developing chronic diseases. In a groundbreaking new study, conducted by the American College of Cardiology
Jul 8th, 2023
Common Misconceptions About Hypertension 

Common Misconceptions About Hypertension 

Do you feel like you’re too young to worry about hypertension? Or are you convinced that medication is the only way to normalize your blood pressure? Read more about these and other common misconceptions about hypertension.
Jul 1st, 2023

When to Worry About Heart Palpitations

Most people feel an unexpected heart thump or flutter now and then. These are heart palpitations, and most are innocent. But there are times when heart palpitations need a doctor’s attention. Keep reading for more details.
Jun 1st, 2023
How to Know if a Heart Murmur Is Dangerous

How to Know if a Heart Murmur Is Dangerous

Heart murmurs are relatively common. Many are harmless, especially those discovered in childhood. But only a doctor can determine if that unusual swishing sound heard via a stethoscope signals a problem with your heart.
May 22nd, 2023
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Exercise Lowers CVD Risk For Those With HBP

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of death globally, and hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a major risk factor for CVD. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 108 million adults in t
May 9th, 2023
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Introducing Our Dietitian, Danielle Ziegelstein

My name is Danielle and I am a registered dietitian who will be joining Dr. Meyer’s practice! I am very excited to start working with Dr. Meyer and you all, and very excited to announce that you can now start booking with me.
May 2nd, 2023
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Sleep Health Is Heart Health

The link between heart health and sleep has been studied extensively, with numerous studies showing that poor sleep quality and quantity can increase the risk of developing various cardiovascular diseases.
Apr 13th, 2023
What to Know About Statin Therapy

What to Know About Statin Therapy

Statin therapy may be the boost you need to drop your cholesterol levels and reduce your risks of heart disease. Our specialist explains statin therapy and why he may recommend it as part of a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Apr 6th, 2023
Is Chest Pain Ever Normal?

Is Chest Pain Ever Normal?

It’s safe to say that chest pain is never normal. But while it’s probably one of the most discussed heart attack symptoms, not all chest pain comes from the heart. Read how to discover the origins of your pain.
Mar 14th, 2023
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More Walking Leads to Lower Cardiovascular Risk

New research published in the journal Circulation has shown that more steps per day lead to a progressively lower risk of cardiovascular disease in older adults. The meta-analysis included eight studies with over 20,000 adult participants in total.
Mar 13th, 2023
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New Study: Daily Cannabis Use Raises Heart Disease Risk By 33%

Marijuana, also known as cannabis, has been the subject of much debate and controversy over the years. While some people believe it has various medicinal properties, others view it as a harmful drug that can lead to addiction and other health issues.
Feb 28th, 2023
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New AI Models Help To Predict 10-Year Risk of Heart Disease

AI models are helping to predict the 10-year risk of heart disease by utilizing large amounts of data and advanced machine learning techniques. One approach is to use traditional risk factors, such as age, gender, blood pressure, & cholesterol levels.
Feb 16th, 2023
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Dehydration May Increase Risk Of Death By Up To 20%

A new study has found that not consuming enough water can increase the risk of death by 20%. The study analyzed data from over 20,000 adults and found a clear link between low water intake and an increased risk of death from all causes.
Jan 24th, 2023
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Preventing Job Burnout from Hurting Your Health

Job burnout is a common problem that can seriously affect your health and well-being. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed and disconnected from your work, leading to feelings of exhaustion, cynicism, and a lack of accomplishment.
Jan 19th, 2023
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2-Minute Exercise Bursts May Pack A Power Punch For Longevity

A recent study published in the Journal of Physiology found that just two minutes of high-intensity exercise per week can significantly improve cardiovascular health. Short bursts of exercise are also known as high-intensity interval training (HIIT).
Jan 10th, 2023
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How to Prevent Holiday Heart Syndrome

'Tis the season of giving and receiving, holiday gatherings and overindulgences. The combination can create what Dr. Philip Ettinger described as "Holiday heart syndrome" (HHS) for the first time in 1978.
Dec 22nd, 2022
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Debunking The Myths Of Aging

Assumptions and myths about aging abound. Not surprisingly for myths, they distort and misconcieve how older age will affect us. As we age, it's important to understand and embrace the seemingly endless positive aspects of aging.
Nov 25th, 2022

Sleeping Disorders: Symptoms, Causes & How To Get Relief

Sleep-related difficulties affect many people. The following is a description of some of the major sleep disorders. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing any of the following, it is important to receive an evaluation by a healthcare provider asap.
Nov 17th, 2022
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Tips To Improve Your Sleep Hygiene

If you find yourself counting sheep at bedtime, maybe you need better sleep hygiene. Sleep hygiene involves implementing certain behaviors and practices for a good night’s sleep. Maintaining good sleep…
Nov 8th, 2022
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Reading Changes Your Brain's Focus

Books change your brain’s focus, and as reading is an active activity, it requires complete engagement, separating your day from your night. While everyone’s taste in books varies, I thought I would give some of the books I have read recently.
Oct 28th, 2022
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Coffee Linked To Reducing Heart Disease and Increasing Longevity

Drinking 2 to 3 daily cups of coffee, ground, instant, or decaffeinated, is associated with significant reductions in new cardiovascular disease (CVD) and mortality, compared with avoiding coffee, a new analysis of the prospective a UK Biobank suggests.
Oct 18th, 2022

For Patients: Five Teaching Pearls About AFib

Through my recent clinic experiences, I have curated a short list of teaching points that I hope to impress upon my AFib patients during their brief outpatient visit. I don't expect all patients to follow my recommendations...
Aug 31st, 2022

Five Ways to Help Reduce Every Day Stress

Some stress is part of everyone’s life. But there are times when the daily demands of the job or school, the complications of home life, the pressure of living in the New York metropolitan area, and the state of the world.
Jul 7th, 2022

Want to Reduce Stroke Risk? Sit Less. Move More. Do Chores.

A new study from San Diego State University, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA Network Open, found that doing lighter intensity daily activities such as household chores can significantly reduce the risk of stroke. 
Jun 23rd, 2022

More Avocados In Your Diet May Mean Less Cardiovascular Disease

New Study: 2 Servings of Avocado per Week May Cut Heart Disease Risk by 16%. New research finds that two servings of avocado a week may reduce cardiovascular risk. However, note that replacing plant oils with avocado is linked to a 45% higher stroke risk. 
Apr 29th, 2022
Balancing The Bad With Good

Replacing Bad Food Habits With Ones That Are Better For Your Heart

No one food is a magic bullet, and no one food will doom you. The reality is that most people eat both good and bad foods. Most of us try to eat a wholesome, balanced diet and whenever possible couple it with other healthy activities like regular exercise.
Feb 17th, 2022

The Worst Habits for Your Heart's Health

From bad sleep to stress to your diet... It really can hurt your heart and wreck your health. However, there is still a lot one can do to prevent heart disease and, in some cases, even reverse it.
Dec 6th, 2021

CDC: Everyone Ages 18 and Older Should Get a Booster Shot

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday everyone aged 18 years and older should get a booster shot, as it looks to tackle a new and highly infectious strain of the coronavirus that is quickly spreading across the globe.
Nov 30th, 2021

Simple Ways to Help Lower Your Anxiety

Everyone can feel anxious now and then. From tense social situations that make your stomach clench to the nervous sweat some may get going into a dentist or visiting the doctor, in the current culture, there are many situations that can increase anxiety.
Oct 25th, 2021

Pfizer COVID19 Booster Update

Booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are now authorized by the CDC, but only for certain people age 18 years and older who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine more than 6 mos. ago.
Oct 1st, 2021
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Going For A Ride - The Benefits Of Biking

Cycling is fantastic exercise, benefiting your overall health and fitness. As a regular activity, cycling can be exceptionally good for cardiovascular fitness, as well as toning muscles, improving physique, and boosting body image.
Aug 26th, 2021
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The E-Cigarette Epidemic - The Facts And How To Help

With the recent explosion of vaping, adolescents are among those most vulnerable to its siren call. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is especially harmful to a young person's developing mind.
Jun 16th, 2021