Recent Study On Hernias And Genetics

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didyouknow?Commenting on the recent article, the Los Angeles abdominal hernia expert explains that, while not every person has access to genetic testing that could warn them about a hernia, the piece brings up an important point regarding the need to implement preventative care when risk is detected.

While hernia repair experts like Dr. Shirin Towfigh of the Beverly Hills Hernia Center have long observed a strong connection between one’s genetics and the risk of developing a hernia, the data surrounding the matter still has room to improve in terms of clarity. One recent study that succeeding in doing just that was discussed in an article published December 21st by United Press International. The study, which involved the analysis of a vast database of patient information, concluded that there are four genes in particular which can greatly increase someone’s risk of developing a hernia. According to Dr. Shirin Towfigh, because it may prove impractical to test the genetics of patients en masse in order to determine risk, the real use of this information will be in furthering the field’s understanding of how and why hernias form. In addition, she adds that the study also brings to light a very important truth that pertains to all aspect of medicine: when risk is determined, preventative care should be implemented.

She explains that, because an abdominal hernia is simply tissue pushing through a weakness in the abdominal wall, the odds of a hernia can be decreased with proper fitness and abdominal strength (Decreased risk of a hernia is just one of the many health advantages that come with being in shape.) Dr. Towfigh also explains that, while the data is less conclusive than it is with exercise, obesity is also considered to be a risk factor. She notes that this is especially true for certain types of hernias, such as incisional hernias that often develop after open surgery.

seniorexerciseDr. Towfigh explains that straining due to excessive movement or stress on the abdominal muscles can also lead to a hernia in those who are genetically disposed to develop one. While it is often very difficult to anticipate when these rapid movements are likely to occur, it is nevertheless important for patients to be diligent when engaging in any strenuous activity.

For those patients who have already developed a hernia, treatment through surgical repair is very often the best option. Dr. Towfigh explains that she and her team at the Beverly Hills Hernia Center use a minimally invasive laparoscopic approach to surgery that has helped countless patients quickly get back on their feet without the pains and stressed caused by a hernia. For more information about the Beverly Hills Hernia Center, or to set up a consultation today, call the center at 310-693-6096 or visit them online at

Recent Mayo Clinic Studies Help To Highlight The Value Of Cardio Testing

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healthyheartThe Northern California Medical Associates Cardiovascular Services offers regular cardiovascular screening tests and is committed to educating patients about heart and stroke prevention to highlight the importance of a long-term commitment to heart healthy living.

A report out just last month gives a clear indicator that the single best option for avoiding cardiovascular disease is exercise and maintaining fitness. This study reveals that fitness level was the single most powerful predictor of death and survival, even after researchers accounted for variables such as diabetes and family history of premature death — a finding that emphasizes the significance of maintaining lifelong heart and lung fitness.

The Importance of Cardiovascular Screening

The key to preventing cardiovascular disease is no doubt heading off potential risk factors such as high blood pressure, high total cholesterol or high blood glucose. The best way to determine overall risk factors is through screening tests recommended by physicians as part of a regular doctor visit. Routine cardiovascular screening is important to detect risk factors in their earliest stages. Risk factors that are determined early enough help doctors treat the risk factor in patients prescribing lifestyle changes and medication where appropriate, before the risk has the opportunity to the development of cardiovascular disease.

What the Latest Studies Reveal

According to a recent study titled the ‘FIT Treadmill Score’ described in the March 2, 2015 issue of the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings that collected data from 58,000 heart stress tests performed by cardiologists who created a formula that estimates one’s risk of dying over a period of 10 years based on a person’s ability to exercise on a treadmill at an increasing speed and incline. Researchers analyzed information collected from more than 58,000 people between 18-96 years of age who underwent standard exercise stress tests over an 18 year period for evaluation of chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting or dizziness.

Study participants were tracked within each fitness level to determine how many died from any cause over the next decade. The results reveal that among people of the same age and gender, fitness level and peak heart rate reached during exercise was the ultimate indicators of death risk. Fitness level was the single most powerful predictor of death and survival, even after researchers accounted for other important variables such as diabetes and family history of premature death. Researchers believe that the finding underscores the significance of heart and lung fitness.

NCMA Cardiovascular Services

The American Heart Association stipulates that the most common risk factors for developing heart disease are high LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, high blood pressure, family history, diabetes and smoking. Women in the post-menopausal stage are also at higher risk as are men over the age of 45, and obesity for both men and women is considered to be a risk factor. Determining risk factors through routine screenings can help to save lives.

Cardiovascular screening results can also serve to put patients on alert as to the importance of diet modification and lead them to embrace the idea of adopting a routine of healthy physical activity — changes that can impact long term health for life. Most regular cardiovascular screening tests should begin as early as age 20, the frequency of follow-up then determined by the individual’s assessed level of risk.

From cardiac catheterization to open-heart surgery, from electrophysiology to rehabilitation and prevention, the Northern California Medical Associates (NCMA) Cardiovascular Services team is dedicated to delivering the highest quality care and the best patient results. NCMA Cardiovascular Services offers patients a comprehensive range of cardiac services, interventional procedures and comprehensive care to meet the needs of patients. All procedures are performed by highly skilled and trained registered sonographers, registered nuclear technologists, and/or registered nurses and medical assistants, under the support of physicians. To learn more visit our website.