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June’s EYE ON HEART HEALTH: Links for sleep and cardiac health news

June 30, 2018 0 Comments

For June 2018 


June 26, 2018 || THE SUN

A bad night of sleep increases that risk of heart problems that are linked as a major cause of strokes 

From the article: “Researchers found that waking up in the middle of the night is linked to a condition where the heartbeat is irregular and abnormally fast.” 

June 22, 2018 || HEALIO

Targeted interventions increase OSA screening rates in stroke patients 

From the article: “ ‘As we learn more about the relationship between sleep and stroke, screening patients for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is becoming an important part of secondary stroke prevention,’ Abby Metzler, MD, neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, told Healio Internal Medicine. ‘We know that the prevalence of OSA is quite high in stroke patients, but in clinical practice, it is not frequently diagnosed in this vulnerable population.’ ”

June 22, 2018 || MEDICAL XPRESS

CPAP machines for sleep apnea could decrease heart failure risk 

From the article: “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.”

June 19, 2018 || HEALIO

Obstructive sleep apnea prevalent among individuals with acute coronary syndrome 

From the article: “Patients admitted to the hospital for acute coronary syndrome were likely to have obstructive sleep apnea, according to preliminary findings presented at SLEEP 2018, the Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.”

June 19, 2018 || SLEEP REVIEW

Both Quantity and Quality of Sleep Affect Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Adolescents 

From the article: “A study from a research team led by a MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) physician finds that both the quantity and quality of sleep—the amount of time spent sleeping and the percentage of sleep that is undisturbed—in young adolescents have significant effects on aspects of cardiovascular health such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and abdominal fat deposition. Their report has been published online in the journal Pediatrics.”

June 15, 2018 || JOURNAL OF CLINICAL SLEEP MEDICINE           

Sleep Duration and Hypertension: Analysis of > 700,000 Adults by Age and Sex  

From the research study: “We found very strong associations between subjective short and long sleep and hypertension in a large sample of United States adults. Adjusted analyses and stratified subanalyses showed the relationship between short sleep and hypertension to be stronger and more consistent than the association between long sleep and hypertension. Furthermore, short sleep was consistently more closely related to risk for hypertension in women compared with men, across the adult lifespan.”

June 15, 2018 || SLEEP REVIEW

Acute Coronary Syndrome Patients with Short Sleep Have Double Odds of Hospital Readmission 

From the article: “Short sleep duration has been established as a risk factor for incident and recurrent cardiovascular disease and mortality. This study explored how short sleep duration affects rehospitalization risk in acute coronary syndrome patients.”

June 13, 2018 || NEWSWEEK

This Is How Much Sleep You Need to Avoid Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke Risk 

From the article: “A team of scientists in South Korea investigated the association between sleep and a condition known as metabolic syndrome, characterized by excess fat around the waist, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, and out of kilter cholesterol or triglyceride levels.”

June 7, 2018 || ENDOCRINE WEB

Sleep Apnea Treatment with CPAP Helps in Prediabetes, Reduces Heart Problems

From the article: “If you have prediabetes and a sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), treating this sleep problem aggressively may help you not only sleep better but have improved heart health, according to data presented at American Thoracic Society (ATS) 2018 annual meeting in San Diego, California.”

June 5, 2018 || MEDSCAPE

Disrupted Sleep After Cardiac Event May Increase PTSD Risk

From the article: Ari Schechter PhD, Columbia University: “ACS-induced PTSD is relatively common, occurring in about 1 in 8 patients. Sleep disturbances are a hallmark of PTSD, so we were interested in looking at the relationship between short-duration and poor-quality sleep after an ACS event and the subsequent development of PTSD.”


Seven hours of sleep ideal for heart health, study shows

From the article: “[Emory University research Julia] Durmer and colleagues surveyed 12,775 adults between the ages of 30 and 74 on their self-reported sleep habits. They found that sleeping more or less than seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period was associated with an increased excess heart age, with the highest excess heart age in short sleepers.”


Role of the circadian system in cardiovascular disease

From the abstract: “Cardiovascular circadian rhythms... may be a double-edged sword. The normal amplified responses in the morning may aid the transition from sleep to activity, but such exaggerated responses are potentially perilous in individuals susceptible to adverse cardiovascular events.”

June 1, 2018 || SLEEP REVIEW

Restless Legs Syndrome Patients’ Periodic Limb Movements Linked with Blood Pressure Changes

From the article: “In a new study, researchers conducted a real-time assessment evaluating the relationship between periodic limb movements in sleep (PLMs) and changes in blood pressure in patients with restless legs syndrome (RLS). The research abstract was published recently in an online supplement of the journal Sleep.”

May 30, 2018 || DAILY HERALD

From sleepless nights to a widowmaker heart attack

From the article: “ ‘It felt like I was dying sometimes,” [Gerald Griffin] recalls. ‘I kept thinking, What is wrong with me? because it felt like I was having panic attacks in my sleep. I can recall close to a dozen times waking up thinking I was dying.’ ”

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