High cholesterol can have wide-ranging effects—both direct and indirect—on your heart and several other organs served by your vascular system. As cholesterol builds in the arteries of your heart, brain, and throughout your body, it usually does so silently. In some cases, the first signs of atherosclerosis may be a
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To understand how cholesterol affects your cardiovascular health, it helps to understand the workings of your heart and vascular system.
Think of your heart as a pump, about the size of a fist and weighing only 8 to 10 ounces. It consists of two upper chambers (the left and right
There’s a good reason why high blood pressure is called the “silent killer.” While hypertension remains insidious, it is stealthily damaging not only your arteries, but every organ, tissue, and system in the body. Since all your body’s organs and tissues require the vital oxygen and nutrients from the blood
The burden of high blood pressure in the United States is striking. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), 78,862 deaths in the United States in 2015 were due primarily to high blood pressure, and the number of deaths attributable to hypertension rose 37.5 percent from 2005 to 2015. Furthermore,
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic or inherited disease of the mucus and sweat glands. It affects approximately 30,000 Americans, leading to chronic health problems and premature death. Advances in treatment, however, have dramatically improved outcomes in the past 20 years.
In people with cystic fibrosis, or CF, the mucus produced by
The inability to regularly enjoy a good night’s sleep can impact not only your emotional well-being, but your physical health as well. Sleeping too few hours, too many hours, irregular hours, going to sleep too late or too early, or having your sleep frequently interrupted night after night opens the
Sleep hygiene is what sleep specialists call the pattern of good habits that promote healthy sleep. A solid sleep hygiene routine means a consistent sleep schedule. Keep regular hours, even on weekends and vacations, and go to bed at the same time and wake at the same time every day.
Our own everyday lives can disrupt our sleep. Common sleep stealers include traveling across time zones, environmental factors, chronic pain, illnesses and the medications used to treat them, and even retirement can rob of us restful sleep. For these problems, a few simple steps can restore restful sleep.
Sleep Phase Problems
With obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) you may awaken suddenly, with a loud gasp for air, because your upper airway is blocked by the collapse of excess soft tissue in the back of the mouth. It’s like trying to drink through a wet paper straw—you keep sucking on it, but nothing
Although insomnia is a common problem—literally, thousands of people suffer from it—not everyone experiences the same type of insomnia.
The National Sleep Foundation identifies two primary categories of insomnia:
Short-term (acute) insomnia lasts a few nights and can be caused by worry, stress, grief, or another situation that affects us temporarily.