It’s essential that you measure your risk of heart disease and make a plan for how to prevent it in the near future.


  • Start off by calculating your risk for a Heart Attack. Have your recent Cholesterol and blood pressure numbers ready, and click here to calculate. The calculator will give you your risk percentage of having a heart attack over the next 10 years


  • Next, educate yourself on risk factors for having a heart attack. 

Total Cholesterol:

  • This is simply a total of all your cholesterol you have in your blood which includes the bad cholesterol  (VLDL and LDL) as well as the good cholesterol (HDL).
  • Anything over 240 mg/dL is considered high and puts you at twice as much of a risk of developing a heart attack
  •  The AHA recommends keeping a total cholesterol level below 200 mg/dL

HDL Cholesterol:

  •  This is considered the good cholesterol. It is good because it carries cholesterol in your blood and brings it to the liver to remove it from your body. In doing so, HDL helps fight the “bad” cholesterol from building up in your arteries, thereby preventing strokes, heart attacks and high blood pressure.
  • Anything below 40 mg/dL puts you at risk for a heart attack
  • The AHA recommends a level above 60 mg/dL for optimal heart protection.
  • One of the best ways proven to increase your HDL or “good” cholesterol is exercise! Regular walking, jogging, or activity each day has been shown to increase HDL cholesterol
Total cholesterol  
Desirable Below                       Below 200
Borderline high                        200-239
High                                           240 or above
LDL (bad) cholesterol
Optimal                                 Below 70
Near/above optimal 100-129
Borderline high 130-159
High 160-189
Very High 190 or above
HDL (good) cholesterol
High 60 or above
Low Below 40
Normal Below 150
Borderline high 150-199
High 200-499
Very high 500 or above

High Blood Pressure 

  • A heart attack is the result of a blocked blood supply to the heart muscle tissue. This can happen when the arteries to the heart become thicker and harder from a buildup of plaque. High blood pressure causes scarred arteries that fill up with plaque and become more prone to blood clots. Sometimes plaque or a blood clot can completely close an artery, blocking the blood flow to tissue on the other side.
  • High blood pressure, over time, also puts a strain on the heart and makes it work harder to pump blood out to the body. With this extra effort to pump, the heart grows in size and may compromise its ability to pump blood as well.


Two of the biggest things you can do to lower your risk of both cancer and heart disease is to eat a healthy diet and exercise daily.


  • Daily exercise is highly encouraged. We recommend 30 minutes to 1 hour of aerobic exercise. This can include jogging, walking, swimming, or biking. The benefits of daily exercise will not only make you feel better, more confident and happier but it will ultimately prevent disease and unnecessary trips to the doctor.


  • The old saying of “we are what we eat” has truth to it. We get out of our bodies what we put into them and how we care for them. New research points to a plant based diet reducing the risk of heart disease and many cancers. We also highly encourage a diet low in salt and carbohydrates. For numerous tips on what to eat , tasty recipes, and exercise please take a look at our book online, From Our Heart To Yours.

Benzee Benzee the Heart says:

“I can’t believe the best dietary advice I ever got as a child was from Popeye!”

Benzee Please take a look at our book online From Our Heart To Yours, a guide for better heart health using diet and exercise.

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The Cardiovascular Institute, founded by Uri M. Ben-Zur, M.D., F.A.C.C, is located in the heart of San Fernando Valley near Calabasas andWest Hills. Our new state of the art facility is dedicated to giving nearby residents complete and thorough cardiovascular care. Dr. Ben-Zur is one of the premier pacemaker and electrophysiology specialists in the greater Los Angeles area.  Our practice staffs multiple ultrasoundspecialists and offers in office stress testing daily. Open six days a week with same day appointments makes it easy for our patients to quickly get the care they need in a timely fashion.
Dr. Ben-Zur’s medical foundations were developed under the guidance of experts in electrophysiology and angioplasty. During this time he also developed a passion for interventional cardiology. He completed multiple fellowships at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, California. After moving to Los Angeles, Dr. Ben-Zur established an affiliation with the Providence Tarzana Medical Center to facilitate procedures including stent placements, pacemaker implantations,radiofrequency ablations and more. To learn more about these procedures and about our practice we encourage you explore our website!
Uri M. Ben-Zur, M.D., F.A.C.C is the founder of The Cardiovascular Institute of Greater Los Angeles. Dr Ben- Zur is a board certified cardiologist and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the prestigious Albert Einstein College of Medicine (site of implantation of the world’s first transvenous pacemaker) before pursuing his training in the field of cardiology. He finished separate fellowships in general cardiology, interventional cardiology, cardiac pacing and electrophysiology. Early in his career, Dr. Ben-Zur was guided by physicians, including Seymour Furman M.D., who made groundbreaking progress in the field of electrophysiology and pacemaker implantation in the Bronx, New York. Soon after completion, he went on to a fellowship in interventional cardiology at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, California. During his tenure there, he was guided by Dr. Richard Schatz, co-inventor of the first implantable coronary stent.
Today, Dr. Ben- Zur is dedicated to providing impeccable and compassionate patient care for the residents of the Greater Los Angeles, Calabasas and West Hills areas. Patients often drive from West Hills and Calabasas and even as far as the Inland Empire to seek the various services the cardiovascular institute has to offer. His expertise in pacemakers and electrophysiology makes him one of the most sought after cardiologists in the greater Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks and West Hills areas. For years he has been servicing the surrounding cities ofEncino and Tarzana. He recently opened a new state of the art facility in Tarzana to better serve his patients. In conjunction with the facilities at Providence Tarzana Medical Center, Dr. Ben-Zur is able to utilize his expert skills in angioplasty and radiofrequency ablations to better serve his patients. We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our practice!
Uri M. Ben-Zur, M.D., F.A.C.C is the founder of The Cardiovascular Institute of Greater Los Angeles. Dr. Ben- Zur is a board certified cardiologist and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. During his years spent in academia, Dr. Ben-Zur has been published a number of times in prestigious journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of The American College of Cardiology, Pacing and Cardiac Electrophysiology and The American Heart Journal. Starting from early in his career, Dr. Ben-Zur was guided by mentored by world renowned physicians. Among them, Seymour Furman M.D and Richard Schatz M.D, who were both pioneers in electrophysiologyand coronary angioplasty respectively.
Dr. Ben-Zur has spearheaded the establishment of The Cardiovascular Institute because he is committed to enhancing the quality of healthcare for all of the residents in the Greater Los Angeles areas, including Calabasas and West Hills. The new cutting edge facility is equipped to provide patients with the most optimal care possible. He is available to see his patients six days a week, with minimal to no waiting time and same day appointments.
Furthermore, he is dedicated to the advancement of medical education and clinical research. This vision is fortified by his acceptance of medical students from various organizations including Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, and UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Southern California. The Institute fosters an ideal environment for students to study the unique population of the Greater Los Angeles area, as well as, Burbank, Sherman Oaks, West Hills, and Calabasas. We encourage you to explore our website for more information about our practice!

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