In an effort to ensure comprehensive, secure and progressive patient care, new government guidelines now mandate that patient-doctor/medical office interaction be done through a secure Patient Portal. We urge you to use our Patient Portal to communicate with us. The Patient Portal is simple to use.
Please log on at least once so that you can become familiar with the system. We anticipate that in the near future all patient correspondence will have to be done through the Patient Portal. These activities include, requesting prescription refills, viewing labs, and communicating with our office via the Patient Portal email. You will no longer need to call the office for medication refills.
||Instructions for logging in:
- go to: drbenzur.com and
- Click Patient Portal link, located in the ‘Quick Links’ box on the right side of page.
- Log in using your username and password.
For assistance in setting up your account, please email [email protected]
Note: For any urgent or emergent matters, please call 911 and notify us at tel:1.818.986.0911.
Thank you very much!
Uri Ben-Zur M.D., F.A.C.C.
Assistant Clinical Professor, U.C.L.A. David Geffen School of Medicine.
Assistant Clinical Professor, Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Assistant Professor, Touro University College Of Osteopathic Medicine.
||Benzee the Heart says:
“Maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise may avoid the complications of heart disease.”
||Please take a look at our book online From Our Heart To Yours, a guide for better heart health using diet and exercise.
Congestive heart failure or “heart failure” is a term that is often perceived as a condition in which the heart suddenly stops. Instead, it is a common heart condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood to the body’s other organs.
HOW DOES CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE OCCUR?
The heart is a pump with four chambers. Blood enters on one side and exits on the other. This pumping action maintains the circulation of blood throughout our bodies. When the heart is unable to expel sufficient blood to meet the body’s needs, the blood backs up and congestive heart failure (CHF) occurs. This results in a diminished blood flow to all the body’s tissues. Although heart failure can be acute, it most often develops slowly, with symptoms manifesting gradually.
WHAT ARE THE WARNING SIGNS?
The most important warning sign of CHF is edema — the retention of large amounts of fluid in the body. When the heart fails to do its pumping job correctly, blood is not properly circulated back through the veins. Fluids also accumulate in the body tissues because of poor blood circulation. This is the “congestion” aspect of CHF. This extra fluid collects all over the body, causing puffiness of the extremities. Most noticeable swelling is in the legs after standing. However, if swelling only occurs in the ankles this may be an indication of some other, less serious condition.
When a person with CHF lies down, fluid settles in the chest area, most noticeably in the lungs. There is difficulty in breathing that may sound like “rattling,” especially during physical exertion. Coughing, shortness of breath, or a feeling of heaviness in the chest is also common. Because the circulatory system is not doing its job properly, patients with CHF feel tired and weak.
HOW IS CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE TREATED?
Treatment of CHF involves four important goals:
- Easing the strain on the heart.
- Improving the pumping action of the heart muscle.
- Controlling salt and water balance in the body.
- Identifying and treating the cause of the CHF.
Bed rest may be an important first aspect of treatment to reduce the heart’s workload. Other treatment options include medications, such as ACE-inhibitors, and monitoring weight on a daily basis to ensure that excess fluid is not retained. Obese patients are encouraged to lose weight to eases strain on the heart. Once CHF is under control, the patient usually can return to normal activity, unless there are other complicating factors. Medications are available to improve and strengthen the heart muscle and make its contractions more powerful. Digitalis is the most common. This increases the cardiac output and slows the heart rate. Water and salt balance are controlled by changing the patient’s diet and using diuretic medications. These help the kidneys excrete excess salt and water.
Finally, it is also important to identify the underlying caused of CHF. There are many other diseases that can weaken the heart’s pumping ability. Most common are arteriosclerosis — “hardening” of the blood vessels, which may deprive the heart muscle of oxygen — and high blood pressure. Other causes include abnormality of the heart valves, infection or congenital malformation of the heart. In many cases, treatment of the underlying cause can provide excellent relief from CHF.
The Cardiovascular Institute, founded by Uri M. Ben-Zur, M.D., F.A.C.C, is located in the heart of San Fernando Valley in Tarzana, California. In close proximity to, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Burbank, Calabasas and West Hills. Our practice is open to patients and future medical professionals Sunday through Friday starting at 6AMdaily. We are committed to enhancing the quality of healthcare for all of the residents of the Greater Los Angeles area. Dr. Ben-Zur is an attending physician at Providence Tarzana Medical Center. He offers a wide variety of cardiac services. Radiofrequency ablations for cardiac arrhythmias, pacemaker implantation, coronary stent placement and angioplasty are some of the many procedures we specialize in. As an expert onhypertension, hyperlipidemia, congestive heart failure, and arrhythmias, Dr. Ben-Zur is able to diagnose and treat patients in our new state of the art facility. Almost 60 million Americans suffer from hypertension and cardiovascular related diseases. Due to the nature of these diseases, most patients go undiagnosed until it is too late. Diagnosing these diseases early in life can dramatically decrease the risk for future complications. We are always welcoming new patients for heart related screening and have same day appointments available. Additionally, at the Cardiovascular Institute of Tarzana, California, Dr. Ben-Zur’s staff serves patients in multiple languages! Whether it be Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Armenian, Tagalog, Hindi, Urdu, and many more the Cardiovascular Institute will often have someone to serve your language and heart health needs.
Dr. Ben-Zur’s past medical education in electrophysiology and angioplasty is unparalleled. Guided by pioneers in both fields early in his career, he has had the opportunity to gain experience in major academic centers in New York City and San Diego, California. Many of his research projects are featured in various medical journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine and The Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Furthermore, Dr. Ben-Zur has multiple publications for his patients to learn more about their health and how they can prevent diseases by improving their lifestyle through diet and exercise. Our newest publication can be found on our website under patient resources!
This holiday season,be mindful of your health. Stress and overindulgence may put your body at risk for serious cardiac problems. A study by the Heart Institute states there are 33% more cardiovascular events from ischemic heart disease in December and January than the rest of the year in Los Angeles County. We advocate for our patients to familiarize themselves with the signs of acute coronary syndrome. The quicker symptoms are recognized, the better the outcomes. We encourage you to explore our website for more information about our practice!