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For several years, February 14 has been designated Congenital Heart Defect Day. And what better day could there be than Valentines Day, with its ever-present abundance of hearts to remind us just how important the heart is?
What does this have to do with sleep disorders? Well, directly, not much, but indirectly sleep is involved on several fronts.
For instance, childhood sleep is often troubled by terrifying nightmares and night terrors where he or she wakes up with a pounding heart. Sleep walking is another danger. A fall, or waking up in a strange place can be a frightening experience that can put a strain on the heart. Imagine how much worse this is if that child is the victim of congenital heart disease.
Having a child with this disorder also puts a strain on the parent. Sleep is difficult when a person is worried about a child.
Check out this list of symptoms from the Congenital Heart information page. Note how many involve sleep in one way or ano...
If you have known cardiovascular risk factors , weight management may already have become a major priority for you. However, the problem that most people experience is maintaining weight loss for a significant period of time. Evidence suggests that methods such as monitoring your dietary intake, physical activity, being accountable for your own weight loss, and regular physical activity will lead to sustained weight loss. However, very few studies have adequately tested alternative methods of maintaining weight loss. A new study published in JAMA (March 2008) found that participants of weight-loss programs who had brief, monthly personal contact with a weight loss counselor, regained less weight than other participants. Study findings The study included 1,032 overweight or obese adults with hypertension , dyslipidemia, or both, who had lost on average 19 pounds during a 6-month weight loss program. They were randomly allocated one of the following groups f...
If you are with someone who is experiencing these symptoms and cannot reach 911, drive them to the hospital immediately. If you are experiencing the symptoms yourself, have someone else drive you. Signs of a Heart Attack Common Symptoms Chest Pain, usually radiating toward the left shoulder and arm. The arm may be tingling or numb. Nausea, vomiting Cold sweats, shortness of breath and lightheadedness Feeling of indigestion Dizziness, weakness, and fainting Abdominal pain Signs of a Stroke Common Symptoms: Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
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