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Woman Slips Back Into Coma After Awaking For Several Days – Not First Time Christa Lilly Woke Up From Vegetative State

Woman Slips Back Into Coma After Awaking For Several Days – Not First Time Christa Lilly Woke Up From Vegetative State

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(Best Syndication) Christa Lilly suffered a heart attack and stroke six years ago causing her to become comatose until she woke up earlier in the week. She fell back into her vegetative state on Wednesday. This is not the first time Lilly has awakened from her coma, but it was her longest period awake.

The doctors can’t explain why she awoke. Her Colorado Springs neurologist, Dr. Randall Bjork, said "I'm just not able to explain this on the basis of what we know about persistent vegetative states.” This is the fifth time she woke up since her heart attack and stroke back in November of 2000.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Increases Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Increase Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), along with other lifestyle factors, can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease for both men and women. A study showing the link between OSA and cardiovascular disease was first published in the March 1st issue of the journal Sleep.

"There is abundant physiologic evidence implicating OSA in perpetuating, if not enticing, heart failure. In addition to their association with systemic hypertension, OSA-related stressors, including hypoxemia, increased sympathetic drive, acute surges in blood pressure, and mechanical effects of intrathoracic pressure swings, have varying effects on myocardial oxygen supply and demand, particularly in the already compromised heart," said one of the authors of the study, Sean M. Caples, DO, of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota.

Treating Internal Clock May Prevent Early Morning Heart Attacks and Strokes – Find Set of Genes Circadian Rhythms

Treating Internal Clock May Prevent Early Morning Heart Attacks and Strokes – Find Set of Genes Circadian Rhythms

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(Best Syndication) Researchers say that high blood pressure patients may benefit from drugs that reset the human molecular clock, relieving people of early morning stress. Previous research has determined that heart attacks and strokes occur more frequently in the early-morning hours, but the reasons were undetermined.

Pennsylvania researchers say that they have evidence that the body’s internal molecular clock can control blood pressure. They believe they have discovered the mechanism by which this works and treatments may be developed that could save lives.

Senior author of the new study, Garret A. FitzGerald, said “These results integrate for the first time the two leading explanations for the diurnal variation in blood pressure and reveal an unexpected role for a clock gene in regulating the stress response. “They raise the novel possibility of modifying blood pressure and consequently the early-morning risk of heart attack and stroke by using drugs to ‘reset’ the molecular clock.” FitzGerald is Director of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Mid Afternoon Naps Help The Heart – Siestas Lower Risk of Death From Coronary Heart Disease – How Many Minutes Is Best?

Mid Afternoon Naps Help The Heart – Siestas Lower Risk of Death From Coronary Heart Disease – How Many Minutes Is Best?

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(Best Syndication) Taking a siesta or midday nap may reduce your risk of dying from a heart attack, according to researchers in Greece and the USA. The study was prompted by the fact that mortality rates from coronary heart disease are lower in the Mediterranean region and in parts of Latin America where siestas are common.

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the University of Athens Medical School (UAMS) in Greece evaluated 23,681 individuals living in Greece who, at the beginning of the study, had no history of coronary heart disease, stroke or cancer.

Detecting Signs of Stress

Detecting Signs of Stress

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In order to keep from becoming stressed, one of the first things to do is to be aware of the signs of stress. This is, admittedly, difficult, since people who are stressed are usually too stressed to notice that they are stressed. This is because stress tends to wrap itself up into a self-concerned package that not only alerts you to everything that you need to do or everything that is going wrong, all the while preventing you from actually taking care of anything that is stressing you. However, if you are aware of the signs of stress, you can at least tuck this information into your subconscious so that your brain might just remind you that your biggest problem is stress itself.

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