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A Lack of Sleep Can Lead to Heart Attack and Stroke

…heart disease. Chronically sleeping too little also heightens your sympathetic tone, raising your levels of stress hormones that contribute to heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. Here's How to Get a Sound Night's Sleep 1. Go to bed at about the same time each night, preferably by 10:00 p…

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“But I’m Too Young to Have a Heart Attack…”

…alone. People often think of heart disease as a part something that happens as you “get old.” But even young to middle-aged adults can have a heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction or MI. Over the years, I’ve seen men as young as 24-years old, and a woman who was just 18, suffer a heart…

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Could You Have a Silent Heart Attack and Not Know It?

So-called “silent” or minor heart attacks often go unnoticed because the symptoms can be very vague. If a silent heart attack occurs during waking hours, you may have a slight feeling of discomfort, of being a little bit “off.” They can also occur in your sleep. It’s a fact that about 25 percent…

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A Stressful Job Can Up Your Heart Attack Risk by 23%!

We’ve long-known that stress can increase heart attack risk. Now, a new study quantifies just how dangerous stress can be on your heart. Researchers at the University College of London analyzed results of previous studies in 13 different European countries from 1985 to 2006. Participants in these…

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A High Antioxidant Diet Lowers Heart Attack Risk

…here’s a study we all need to note. Researchers have found that women who eat a high-antioxidant diet have a significantly lower risk of having a heart attack. For this study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), researchers studied 32,561 Swedish women ages 49…

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Can Shifting Your Sleep Schedule Cause a Heart Attack?

…those working evening, night, and split or rotating shifts have a 40% increased risk of coronary artery disease and are 23% more likely to have a heart attack. Plus, working the night shift ups your chances of suffering from a coronary event to 41%. We also now have data from the largest shift worker study…

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Risk of Heart Attack Is Greater in the Morning

…the autonomic nervous system and can drive up blood pressure, peaks in the early morning hours. This could be why there is a higher risk of a heart attack in the morning. Ask your doctor to check your levels with a 24-hour salivary cortisol test (samples are saved every four hours for 24 hours). Researchers…

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Diet Soda Increases Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

…Association’s International Stroke Conference, drinking diet soda can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. Researchers said that consuming as little as one diet soda a day could increase your risk of heart attack and stroke by 48 percent. How Can Diet Soda Cause a Stroke? The connection appears to…

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Grief Can Increase Your Heart Attack Risk

…so inclined; consider an art or dance class. The take-home message is that family members and healthcare providers need be aware of the risk of heart attack during the bereavement period, and do all they can to help. Now it’s your turn: Do you have any bereavement tips to share? You May Also Be Interested…

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Pets Help Heart Attack Survivors

As Valentine’s Day approaches, my wife Jan and I are finally able to talk about how heavy our hearts were this past Christmas season as we realized that it would soon be time to help our beloved 14-year-old dog to cross over. Those of you who have followed my newsletters may remember the March…

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Study Finds Doctors Too Quick to Insert Heart Stents

…If I’m ever having a heart attack, I want someone to get me to the closest hospital to have an angioplasty/stent procedure performed as soon as possible. Heart stents are simply the best way to improve blood flow to the heart and preserve heart muscle during a heart attack. But as with many amazing…

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5 Surprising Heart Disease Risk Factors

…negative cardiovascular outcomes. Their study found that those who had both CVD and ED were 1.6 times more likely to experience cardiovascular death, heart attack, stroke, and hospitalization due to heart failure. Any man who sees a physician with complaints of ED should also get a full cardiovascular workup…

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5 Heart-Health Facts Your Cardiologist Won’t Tell You

…blood and improve inflammation—which as I mentioned earlier is the real culprit in heart disease. That's why with men who have a history of a heart attack, a bypass or stent, an angioplasty, or low HDL cholesterol, a statin can be lifesaving. But for many others, the harmful statin side effects far…

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5 Top Heart Health Mistakes

…health. Heart Health Mistake #3: Exercising While Angry: You periodically hear about someone who exercised while angry and then dropped dead of a heart attack. Not only can anger drive up your blood pressure, exercising while angry is like driving a car with the brakes on—it drives up your blood pressure…

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The 10 Most Common Heart Health Fallacies

…-metabolized sugar calories as fat. So be sure to scour package labels for the sugar content. 3. Smoking has some virtues. Even after they had a heart attack, some of my patients continued to smoke. They had all kinds of excuses to justify their behavior, such as “it relaxes me,” “it takes the edge…

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Is Daily Aspirin Right for You?

…aspirin could prevent these types of calamities. It was the 1980s and there wasn’t a hard-working doctor who didn’t worry about having their own heart attack. Knowing that aspirin had the power to thin the blood, many doctors began adding a daily aspirin to their regimen. Later on, once the efficacy was…

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