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AHA: Sleep Apnea May Double Odds for High Blood Pressure in Blacks

Posted 2 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Black adults with high blood pressure that defies standard prescription treatments might want to get screened for sleep apnea, new research suggests. Moderate or severe sleep apnea – in which a person can experience pauses in breathing five to 30 times an hour or more – was associated with more than twice the odds of having resistant ...

Health Tip: Risk Factors For AFib

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is an irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications, the American Heart Association says. The Association reports at least 2.7 million Americans are living with AFib. A normally-functioning heart contracts and relaxes to a regular beat. But if a person has atrial fibrillation, the upper chambers of the ...

Snoring May Be Bigger Health Threat to Women Than Men

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 – The hearts of women who snore appear to become damaged more quickly than those of men who "saw lumber" at night, a new study suggests. Evaluating nearly 4,500 British adults who underwent cardiac imaging, researchers also learned that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may be vastly underdiagnosed among snorers. This finding surprised study author Dr. Adrian Curta, who heads ...

Sleepy Drivers Involved in 100,000 Crashes a Year

Posted 7 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 – Driving under the influence and distracted driving are well-known hazards, but few people think twice about getting behind the wheel when feeling drowsy, a sleep expert warns. "Drivers can reduce the danger by being aware of risk factors and taking precautions," said Dr. Praveen Rudraraju, who directs the Center for Sleep Medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital in ...

Here's Something to Sleep On

Posted 11 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 – Seems that you can get too much – as well as too little – of a good thing when it comes to sleep. In what's billed as the world's largest sleep study, too little or too much sleep can impair your brain, researchers report. The study included more than 40,000 people worldwide who completed an online survey and a series of tests of mental abilities such as reasoning, ...

Scientists Developing Blood Test for Drowsy Driving

Posted 25 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 – Here's a welcome alert: Scientists say they're inching closer to a blood test for drowsy driving. A computer algorithm effectively differentiated between sleep-deprived and well-rested people by picking up changes in expression of certain genes, British researchers report. "Identifying these biomarkers is the first step to developing a test which can accurately ...

Regular Bedtime Might Be Key to Better Health

Posted 21 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 – As important as getting close to eight hours of sleep a night is, new research suggests that going to bed and waking up at the same time every day is just as critical for your health. The study of more than 1,900 older adults found that those who didn't keep to a regular bedtime and wake time weighed more, had higher blood sugar, higher blood pressure and a higher risk ...

Heart Defects, Sleep Apnea a Deadly Mix for Infants

Posted 20 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 – Infants who are born with heart defects are four times more likely to die in the hospital if they also have sleep apnea, new research indicates. Scientists at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson found this potentially deadly combination is also linked to longer and more costly hospital stays. "We were surprised that, together, these two conditions ...

Easing Sleep Apnea May Be Key to Stroke Recovery

Posted 20 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 – Sleep apnea is a known risk factor for stroke, and new research suggests that curbing the condition might also aid the recovery of people who've suffered a stroke or mini-stroke. Patients in the study typically used the CPAP mask – "continuous positive airway pressure" – to ease their nighttime breathing difficulties. The investigators found that, among stroke ...

Sleep Apnea Often Missed in Black Americans

Posted 7 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 7, 2018 – Sleep apnea is common – but rarely diagnosed – among black Americans, researchers say. The new study included 852 black men and women, average age 63, in Jackson, Miss., who were participants in the Jackson Heart Sleep Study. The investigators found that 24 percent of the study participants had moderate or severe sleep apnea, but only 5 percent had been diagnosed by a ...

Sleep Apnea Might Raise Odds for Painful Gout

Posted 30 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 – People with sleep apnea have higher chances of developing gout, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data on nearly 16,000 people with sleep apnea and more than 63,000 people without apnea who were followed for a median of nearly six years. (Half were followed longer, half for less time.) Overall, 4.9 percent of sleep apnea patients and 2.6 percent of the others ...

AHA: CPAP Machines May Bring Better Sleep, Plus a Healthier Heart

Posted 22 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 22, 2018 (American Heart Association) – People with sleep apnea, especially those over 60, could decrease their risk of heart failure by using CPAP masks at night to help with breathing, according to new research. The study, published June 22 in the Journal of the American Heart Association, explored the connection between heart failure and sleep apnea, a condition that goes beyond ...

Health Tip: Suggestions For a Better Night's Sleep

Posted 19 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Not getting enough sleep? It's probably hurting your health. The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke suggests how to improve your sleep: Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. Exercise for at least 20 minutes a day. But don't exercise just before bedtime. Avoid nicotine, caffeine and alcohol before bedtime. Set a relaxing routine before ...

Sleepless Nights Haunt 1 in 4 Americans

Posted 14 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 – Good sleep is hard to come by for the 25 percent of Americans who experience a period of severe insomnia each year, new research suggests. There was some good news, though: Most who suffer a bout of "acute,"' new-onset insomnia will recover and go on to gain restful slumber, the study found. Tracking more than 1,400 adults nationwide for a year, researchers found that ...

Snorers, Could CPAP Help Your Sex Life, Too?

Posted 24 May 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 – Women with sleep apnea might experience a boost in their sex life if they regularly use a CPAP machine, a new study shows. Researchers found that women who used the device nightly reported a significant improvement in their sexual satisfaction after a year of treatment. The same benefit was not seen in men, however. Still, "this [study] provides further evidence that if ...

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