A new study from the Asklepieion General Hospital in Voula, Greece, suggests that having a midday nap is not only good for boosting your energy but also can lower high blood pressure.
For the study, the researchers examined 212 people with the mean blood pressure of 129.9 mm Hg. The participants’ average age was 62 years. During the study, the analysis showed that people who took a midday nap experienced 5.3 mm Hg drop in systolic blood pressure.
One of the study researchers, Dr. Manolis Kallistratos says: “These findings are important because a drop in blood pressure as small as 2 mm Hg can reduce the risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attack by up to 10 percent.”
A new study from the US suggests that middle-aged men who are able to do 40 push-ups and more in one session have lower risk of cardiovascular disease than men who can do fewer than 10 push-ups.
For a retrospective longitudinal study from 2000 to 2010, 1,104 firefighters from Indiana whose age was over 18 years were included. Their average age was 39.6 years and average body mass index 28.7.
First author of the study Dr. Justin Yang, an occupational medicine resident at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in Boston, comments: “Our findings provide evidence that push-up capacity could be an easy, no-cost method to help assess cardiovascular disease risk in almost any setting.”
A new international study, executed by the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III in Madrid, Spain, and Tufts University, USA, finds a link between healthy sleep during night time and the risk of cardiovascular issues.
For the study, the scientists analyzed the medical data received from 3,974 people with average age 46 years from Spain. They participated in the Progression of Early Subclinical Atherosclerosis study.
Having analyzed the data, the scientists concluded that participants who slept under 6 hours every night had the 27% increased the risk for atherosclerosis when the researchers compared them with people who slept between 7 and 8 hours every night.
A study, recently published in the European Heart Journal, suggests that excessive sleep, as well as insufficient sleep, may cause the risk of cardiovascular issues and premature death.
For the study, the researchers examined the sleeping habits of more than 116,000 aged between 35 and 70 years enrolled in the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study.
Having analyzed the received data, the researchers concluded that people who slept 9–10 hours were 17% more likely to die or develop cardiovascular conditions. People who regularly slept for more than 10 hours had a 41% risk to die prematurely or develop cardiovascular conditions.
Corresponding author Dr. Salim Yusuf, the principal investigator of the PURE study and a professor of medicine at McMaster, comments the results of the study: “The general public should ensure that they get about six to eight hours of sleep a day. On the other hand, if you sleep too much regularly, say more than nine hours a day, then you may want to visit a doctor to check your overall health.”
New research, executed by scientists from Iowa State University, finds that lifting weights for less than an hour once a week may lower the risk of heart attack or stroke by 40–70%. The researchers also add that performing weight exercises for more than an hour doesn’t provide any additional effect.
To make this conclusion, the researchers analyzed data from about 13,000 adults in the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study measuring three health outcomes: cardiovascular events, heart attack and stroke in particular, that didn’t result in death, all cardiovascular events that resulted in death.
DC (Duck-chul) Lee, an associate professor of kinesiology explains: “Lifting any weight that increases resistance on your muscles is the key. My muscle doesn’t know the difference if I’m digging in the yard, carrying heavy shopping bags or lifting a dumbbell.”
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