As we prepare to celebrate the holidays and at the dawn of a new year, we are all naturally thinking of our family and loved ones. We, at the Cardiovascular Institute, are thinking of our dear patients. Your health and well-being is our mission and what guides and drives us in our everyday work.

For this reason we are presenting our patients a free printed copy of our most recent work. The book “Our Heart to Yours: A guide to better heart health using diet and exercise” is loaded with health tips, experiences, recipes, exercise programs, and much more. It will fit perfectly on your living room coffee table. This beautifully designed and well-crafted masterpiece will surely entertain your guests and inspire meaningful conversation.

Additionally, a lifelong access to our continuously expanding invaluable video library will also be made available to you, featuring lectures and presentations delivered by world-renowned physicians and researchers.

The book is now in the process of being printed, and is scheduled to be released in April, 2016. To reserve your copy, please send us an email using the button below. You will need to come to the office to receive your copy. Unfortunately, we will not be able to mail you a copy.

This is more than a book, it’s a collection of motivational ideas and thought provoking concepts that can save millions of peoples lives.

– Dr. Ben-Zur

Supply is extremely limited, so please

Thank you, with all our love and warmest wishes for the Holiday Season.

Disclaimer: Only one book per active patient (i.e. office visit in the last 6 months). Only the first 500 patients who reply will be eligible to receive this book. Book distribution subject to availability.

Benzee Benzee the Heart says:

“Almost all of heart disease is preventable!”

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



Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a serious condition that affects some 60 million Americans. Many people are not aware they have hypertension because it usually shows no symptoms until one of its complications occurs. If not treated properly, high blood pressure can cause heart disease, vascular disease or kidney failure.


Blood pressure is the force exerted against walls of the artery when blood moves through blood vessels. Systolic pressure, the top number, indicates the pressure as the heart beats. The second, or bottom number, is the diastolic pressure. This is the pressure as the heart relaxes between beats. Both numbers are important to decide whether blood pressure is normal or not. Elevated blood pressure is called pre-hypertension.


Ideal blood pressure is less than 120 systolic and 80 diastolic. pre-hypertension is present when systolic is between 120-139 or diastolic between 80-89. Blood pressure is elevated and hypertension is present when the systolic is 140 or greater or diastolic is 90 or greater.


Anyone can develop hypertension, regardless of age, sex or race. However, it is more likely to occur in older adults, African-Americans, the overweight, smokers, and those who consume a lot of salt or alcohol. The majority of patients have no apparent cause for their high blood pressure. These people are referred to as having “primary” or “essential hypertension.” The mechanism behind this type may be related to salt and water imbalance, and to changes in the tone of the blood vessels.

Other people have what is referred to as “secondary hypertension,” which is high blood pressure that occurs secondary to some underlying disease, and may disappear when that disease is controlled. The most common underlying cause is kidney disease.


No one measurement should lead to a diagnosis of high blood pressure. Pressure should be measured several times, on different days and in different postures, before a diagnosis is made.

Since hypertension does not cause noticeable symptoms until complications occur, all adults should have their blood pressure measured by a health professional every year.

If you have hypertension, do not be discouraged. There are many things you can do to help bring your numbers down. These include losing weight, decreasing your intake of salt and fats, exercising regularly, quitting smoking and perhaps, taking medication. Ask your doctor for more information.

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 and West 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 ultrasound specialists 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 of Encino 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 electrophysiology and 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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