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At Advanced Cardiovascular Sleep Disorder Center in Auburn, AL, we always want to keep our clients informed. Check out our blog entries on the latest news and developments regarding sleep disorders.

May's EYE ON HEART HEALTH: Links for sleep and cardiac health news

May 30, 2018


For May 2018


May 29, 2018 || DAILY MAIL

Insomnia in childhood increases the risk of teenagers suffering from high cholesterol - especially among girls 

From the article: “A doctoral student from the University of Helsinki looked at the effects of different sleep patterns on the health of a study group of 1,049 adolescents. ...The study author, Liisa Kuula-Paavola, found the fewer hours slept and the more irregular the sleep patterns, the more likely a child is to have a 'detrimental lipid profile' once they reach their teenage years.”

May 28, 2018 || ATLANTA BLACK STAR

Heart Failure in the Black Community: What African-Americans Need to Know 

From the article: “Other studies have found that African-Americans are less likely to be given the best or latest treatment for heart conditions. According to Dr. Michelle van Ryn, implicit racial bias causes African-Americans to receive worse treatment for several diseases and conditions, including hypertension, sleep disorders, coronary artery disease, and cancer.

May 24, 2018 || BIG THINK

How pulling just one all-nighter wreaks havoc on your blood 

From the blog: “As for the people most identified as being at risk in these studies, when handed unavoidable irregular night work the best defense, says Celine Vetter of CU Boulder, is to eat right, exercise, and make sure to get plenty of sleep when you can. There’s also at least one recent study that suggests you can make up lost ground by sleeping in on weekends.

May 21, 2018 || DIABETES.co.uk

Airway therapy has cardiovascular benefits for people at risk of type 2 diabetes, study suggests

From the website: “Study author Dr. Esra Tasali, who is the director of The University of Chicago’s Sleep Research Center, said: ‘OSA is exceedingly common among individuals with abnormal glucose tolerance. Our study is a first step in demonstrating that optimal treatment of sleep apnea reduces cardiovascular risk in those with prediabetes.’”


Rotigotine Improves Abnormal Circadian Rhythm of Blood Pressure in Parkinson’s Disease

From the abstract: “Cardiovascular autonomic failure is commonly associated with Parkinson’s disease (PD), affecting the daily lives of patients. Rotigotine was recently reported not to influence cardiovascular autonomic responses in contrast to other dopaminergic drugs. The effect of rotigotine on daily blood pressure (BP) fluctuations might reflect autonomic failure in patients with PD.”


Itamar Medical Launches SleePath for AFib Patients at Heart Rhythm 2018

From the press release: “Itamar Medical Ltd. announced the launch of SleePath, the first integrated e-health sleep apnea care pathway monitoring system to monitor atrial fibrillation (AF) patients’ sleep apnea management status and compliance with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices on demand.”

May 15, 2018 || COLA DAILY

SleepMed conducting sleep apnea study, paying volunteers

From the call for volunteers: “SleepMed will be conducting a research program for the next two months to help diagnose people who believe they may have sleep apnea. Volunteers who take part in the study will also be getting paid $400 for their participation. Participants also must be 18 or older and not regularly using therapy for sleep apnea.”

May 14, 2018 || SLEEP

Obstructive Sleep Apnea during REM Sleep is Associated with Early Signs of Atherosclerosis in Women

From the abstract: “Many studies have investigated the association between restless legs syndrome (RLS) and cardiovascular risk factors, leading to conflicting results. Therefore, the aim of the current study was to determine whether RLS is associated with cardiovascular risk factors and disease.”

May 9, 2018 || SLEEP

Impact of sleep characteristics and obesity on diabetes and hypertension across genders and menopausal status: the Nagahama study

From the abstract: “While obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with overall cardiovascular disease and mortality, the association with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease is less clear, especially in women. Recently, it has been suggested that OSA during REM sleep, associated with long apneas and deep desaturations, could have severe cardio-metabolic consequences.”

May 2, 2018 || THE DAILY COURIER

Stroke, sleep apnea can go hand in hand

From the advice column (2 questions):

  • “My dad had a stroke a few months ago. He was diagnosed after the stroke with sleep apnea. He rarely uses his machine. Is there anything I could tell him that might motivate him to use it?”
  • “Is I was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea. I am thinking about getting an oral appliance for my sleep apnea. Can you give me some idea of the success rate with these?” 

May 1, 2018 || WAREABLE

Garmin is learning how its wearables can tackle sleep apnea and heart conditions

From the article: “Garmin has announced it's teaming up with the University of Kansas Medical Center to get more insight into significant medical conditions. …The partnership will start out focusing on sleep apneaꟷa disorder that affects breathing during sleepꟷand atrial fibrillationꟷan irregular heart beat that can lead to serious health complications. There will be several projects that will harness sensors from Garmin's sports watches and trackers to learn how wearables can help detect and manage these conditions.”

April 30, 2018 || PERTH NOW

Adelaide’s Queens of Hearts — the five female medical heart disease researchers

From the article: “Jordan Andrews, Imaging Research Manager and PhD candidate. Her work at SAHMRI has multiple treatment applications for the sleep disorder. ‘Using the imaging pod and computer tomography to analyse sleep apnoea at various levels, from the molecular stage up to human trials, the non-invasive research may give a better understanding of how low-blood oxygen counts during the night of broken sleep can lead to hypertension and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.’”

April 11, 2018 || THE DAILY COURIER

Sleep apnea is correlated with heart disease; if left untreated, can contribute to death

From the advice column (3 questions):

  • “I am 77 years old and was recently diagnosed with moderate sleep apnea. My doctor thinks I should go ahead and get it treated. My question is, at the age of 77, what difference does it make?”
  • “Is it true that sleep apnea can increase the risk of heart disease, even in women?”
  • “My dad was recently diagnosed with central sleep apnea. His sleep doctor said that since he has a weak heart, this is not unexpected. I thought obstructive sleep apnea is much more common.”