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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...
What Happens When You Lose 100 Pounds? In part 1 of, "What Happens When You Lose 100 Pounds?" , two questions were asked. The first question asked if it were possible for the average person to lose 100 pounds and, if so, what follows such an extreme weight loss? It was shown that it was not unusual for people who have had gastric bypass surgery to lose 100 pounds or more. This leaves only the final question: What happens when you lose 100 pounds? Health Benefits of Weight Loss Should you lose 100 pounds, you can most certainly expect an improvement in your health. A 2007 University of Kentucky weight loss program conducted across a nine-year period showed that participants probably:
reduced the risk for heart disease by 50% ,
lowered LDL cholesterol by 20% ,
lowered blood-fat levels by 36% ,
lowered blood-sugar levels by 17% , and
significantly lowered blood pressure .
The diet plan consisted of coaching, replacement of meals with shakes and prepared entrees, low-cal diets, the re...
What Happens When You Lose 100 Pounds? Perhaps you are in pre-gastric bypass surgery mode and deliberating what the new you might look like and feel like. You might have an image of a slimmed down version of the current you, happily shredding your physician’s prescription pad. Those blue slips that had been traded for meds to control high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes are no longer needed, and your vendetta with poor health is put to rest at last. The doctor’s pad has been quartered and disabled and a stake driven through its’ little blue heart. You are healthy now. You may imagine yourself finally getting the promotion that is long overdue from a boss who suddenly thinks you are a bit more qualified since your dramatic weight loss. Better yet, you may vision yourself applying your toe to your employer’s forehead as he begs you to reconsider your resignation. You apply that last bit of pressure that topples him over while saying something like, &...
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