Having a Midday Nap Can Substitute Drugs for Lowering Blood Pressure

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.midday nap cuts 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.”

Common Drug for Arthritis Treatment Linked to Heart Valve Issues

Common Drug for Arthritis Treatment Linked to Heart Valve Issues

A new study finds a link between a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug for arthritis called celecoxib (brand name Celebrex) and heart valve issues.

Having analyzed thousands of electronic medical records of patients with the mentioned condition, a team of researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, US, discovered that usage of celecoxib was associated with the higher chance of aortic stenosis.

Also, after a number of laboratory tests, the researchers revealed that treating aortic valve cells with the aforementioned drug lead to higher levels of calcification of the cells.

 First author of the study Meghan A. Bowler, Ph.D, says: “Calcification in the aortic valve can take many years. So, if you’re at a higher risk for it, you might want to consider taking a different [pain reliever] or rheumatoid arthritis treatment.”

Getting Enough Sleep at Night Can Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease

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Recent research from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, US, suggests that getting enough sleep at nights connected to the decreased risk of developing atherosclerosis, a condition in which plaque builds up on the inner walls of the arteries.

For the study, a team of researchers used mice model. They found that those rodents who didn’t get enough sleep had the increased risk of developing atherosclerosis.

Dr Swirski, one of the researchers, says: “The identification of a link between…the region of the brain that promotes wakefulness, appetite and how it directly communicates with bone marrow was a surprise. ‘We know cells in the bone marrow fight off infection and are linked to cancer and cardiovascular disease. We have more questions that we need answered.”

Regular Physical Activity Can Halve the Risk of Heart Attack

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Recent research, published in the European Heart Journal, finds that physical activity can decrease the risk of a heart attack in healthy people by half.

A team of researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s Cardiac Exercise Research Group in Trondheim analyzed the cardiorespiratory fitness of more than 4,500 people who participated in the health survey HUNT3. Nobody had a history of cardiovascular disease, lung disease, or hypertension.

Bjarne Nes, the lead researcher of the study, comments: “Our study shows that poorer fitness is an independent risk factor for coronary artery disease, even among healthy women and men who are relatively fit.”

Risk of Heart Attack Peaks at 10pm on Christmas Eve Due to Stress

A new Swedish study finds that 10 pm on Christmas Eve is the peak time for the risk of having a heart attack, for the senior people and people with the existing issue in particular.heart attack peaks at 10 pm at Christmas eve

For the study, a team of researchers analyzed data from 283,014 cases of heart attack reported to Swedish hospitals between 1998 and 2013. They compared these data with the number of cases outside the holiday periods.

People older than 75 and those with existing conditions such as diabetes or heart disease belong to the category of the highest risk.

One of the researchers, David Erlinge from Lund University in Sweden, comments: “Interestingly, the pattern of increased risk in the morning which dominates the rest of the year was reversed at Christmas, with an increased risk in the evening, indicating that the stress and eating during the day triggered the heart attacks.”

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