Sunday, July 24, 2011

Late to bed, early to rise way to heart attack

Sleeping for less than six hours a night boosts the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke. 

But beware -- those who have too much sleep are also more likely to suffer a heart attack, the European Heart journal warned. 

While the extra slumber is unlikely to be the cause, long-term illnesses such as heart disease often make sufferers feel tired. So sleeping for longer than nine hours a night may be an early warning sign. 

Francesco Cappuccio from the University of Warwick Medical School, who led the study, said: "The trend for late nights and early mornings is actually a ticking time bomb for our health , so you need to act now to reduce your risk..." 

Researchers found that those who slept for less than six hours were almost 50 per cent more likely to suffer a heart attack and 15 per cent more at risk of strokes. 

Not having enough sleep decreases the levels of leptin in our blood, which means we do not feel as satisfied after eating, the Daily Mail reports. 

At the same time, it raises the levels of ghrelin, responsible for triggering our appetite, thus making us feel hungrier. 

Poor sleepers tend to eat more and are more likely to be obese, so are at greater risk of high blood pressure and heart disease, which lead to heart attacks and strokes. 

Experts recommend adults get at least six or seven hours' shut-eye a night to stay healthy. 

Researchers looked at the sleeping habits of almost 475,000 participants from 15 previous studies across eight countries, including the UK, the US, Japan, Sweden and Germany.

Caution !! heart attack when you are alone.

Let's say it's 6.15p m and you're going home (alone of course), after an unusually hard day on the job. 

You're really tired, upset and frustrated. 

Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to adiate out into your arm and up into your jaw. You are only about five miles from the hospital nearest your home. Unfortunately you don't 
know if you'll be able to make it that far. You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself. 



Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, without help,the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness. 

However,these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. 

A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again. 

Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital. 

Tell as many other people as possible about this. It could save their lives!! 

A cardiologist says If everyone who read this post sends it to 10 people, you can bet that we'll save at least one life.