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Heart Healthy Habits of Physicians

  Reader’s Digest Charlotte Hilton Andersen   45 Things Doctors Do to Protect Their Own Hearts Doctor Parker’s Commentary As I was researching “heart healthy habits,” I came across this article from Reader’s Digest.  To my surprise, I found it quite interesting — perhaps both because it was fairly simple and straightforward, and because it was along the lines of “Physician Heal Thyself.” Note that in the extroverted culture of America, the main focus for heart health issues is external. …

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Does Marijuana Affect Your Sleep?

If you have depression, cannabis may help you sleep — but if you don’t, cannabis may hurt. Salon Magazine Diedre Conroy September 17, 2017 Existing research suggests the effects of cannabis on sleep may depend on many factors If you speak to someone who has suffered from insomnia at all as an adult, chances are good that person has either tried using marijuana, or cannabis, for sleep or has thought about it. This is reflected in the many variations of…

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Poor Sleep Linked to Increased Atrial Fibrillation

People diagnosed with insomnia had a 29 percent higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation compared to those without insomnia. PsychCentral Rick Nauert PhD Preliminary research suggests disruptions in sleep may raise the risk of atrial fibrillation (AF). Clinicians have known that obstructive sleep apnea, or sleep interrupted by pauses in breathing, is a known risk for atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat that can lead to strokes, heart failure and other heart-related complications. However, until now, evidence supporting…

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Sleep Problems and Heart Disease

Short sleep — less than six hours per night — appears to be especially hazardous to your heart health. Harvard Heart Letter  September 2017 Irregular or insufficient sleep increases your risk of cardiovascular disease. If you’re one of the many people who toss and turn nightly, you already know that a bout of sleeplessness can hamper your productivity and sap your quality of life. But the ramifications of poor sleep extend far beyond a cranky mood. Research shows that an…

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Synthetic Cannabis-like Drug Reduces Sleep Apnea

Six weeks of treatment by the highest dose of dronabinol (10 milligrams) was associated with a lower frequency of apneas or hypopneas (overly shallow breathing) during sleep. Science Daily November 28, 2017 A synthetic cannabis-like drug in a pill was safe and effective in treating obstructive sleep apnea in the first large multi-site study of a drug for apnea funded by the National Institutes of Health. The study was conducted at Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Chicago…

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How Sleep Apnea Affects the Heart

  Researchers estimate that untreated sleep apnea may raise the risk of dying from heart disease by up to five times.   Harvard Heart Letter Published: February, 2013   Poor-quality sleep and heart disease are connected  We’ve all heard stories about super snorers, whose snorts and snores rattle windows and awaken the neighbors. Many of these people suffer from sleep apnea. In this condition, the airway becomes blocked, or the muscles that control breathing stop moving. Either way, breathing stops……

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