Navigation Links
Silence the Sleep Apnea "Snorechestra" to Fight Heart Disease, From the Harvard Heart Letter

The snorts, whistles, and gasps you make while sleeping may do more than rob you of a good night’s sleep.

Boston, MA (Vocus) October 30, 2008 -— The snorts, whistles, and gasps you make while sleeping may do more than rob you of a good night’s sleep. This "snorechestra" may be a sign of sleep apnea, which can lead to heart trouble and shorten life, reports the November 2008 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter.

People afflicted with sleep apnea temporarily stop breathing many times a night. In those with the most common kind, obstructive sleep apnea, the soft tissue of the palate or pharynx completely closes off the airway. The brain, sensing a drop in oxygen, sends an emergency “Breathe now!” signal that briefly wakens the sleeper and makes him or her gasp for air. This signal fires up the same stress hormones that go into overdrive when you are angry or frightened. They make the heart beat faster and boost blood pressure. They stoke inflammation, a key player in heart disease. They can damage blood vessels and increase the blood’s tendency to clot, a root cause of heart attack and stroke.

The Harvard Heart Letter notes that you don’t have to take sleep apnea lying down. Steps ranging from lifestyle changes to surgery can fight obstructive sleep apnea. Losing weight can make a big difference. Sleeping on your side and forgoing alcoholic drinks before sleeping may also help. For moderate or severe sleep apnea, most doctors recommend using a radio-sized machine that keeps the airway open by blowing pressurized air into the nose. Another option is a mouth guard that thrusts the jaw forward. Surgery may be an option, but usually isn't done unless other approaches don't work or aren't appropriate.

Also in this issue:

  • Some types of seafood are better than others for the heart
  • No-surgery valve repair not yet ready for prime time
  • Living with long QT syndrome
  • Losing weight by eating slower
  • Is low blood pressure a problem?
The Harvard Heart Letter is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $24 per year. Subscribe at or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

Media: Contact Raquel Schott at for a complimentary copy of the newsletter, or to receive our press releases directly.


Read the full story at

Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2008 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. FTC Attacks Infomercial Marketer to Silence Best-Selling Authors Weight-Loss Tips
2. MultiVu Video Feed: Parents of Kids With Infectious Diseases Sounds Alarm About the Dangers of Pertussis With "Silence the Sounds of Pertussis" Campaign
3. Silence may lead to phantom noises misinterpreted as tinnitus
4. Why your fertility cells must have radio silence
5. SEIU Seeks Damages for CNAs Effort to Silence Workers, Suppress Criticism of Anti-Union Tactics
6. Gene silencer and quantum dots reduce protein production to a whisper
7. A Conspiracy of Silence: Impact on History The Health and Death of Franklin D. Roosevelt
8. Mrs. United States Breaks the Silence During Mental Illness Awareness Week
9. Time to Set Kids Back-to-School Sleep Clocks
10. AASM encourages those student-athletes at risk for developing osa to visit a sleep clinic
11. Sleepless Kids Are Troubled Kids
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Silence the Sleep Apnea "Snorechestra" to Fight Heart Disease, From the Harvard Heart Letter
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 2017 , ... As health professionals work to improve their approach to healthcare, ... doing more than filling out a survey; in many cases health professionals and patients ... health care and research on the importance of active engagement with patients and members ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... The International Association of ... of excellence for the field of eating disorders, announces the opening of early ... in Orlando, Florida at the Omni Resort at ChampionsGate. , The ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... Lori R. Somekh, founder of the Law Office ... of elder law and special needs planning attorneys. “Membership in ElderCounsel helps our office ... forum to network with elder law attorneys nationwide,” said Somekh. , ElderCounsel ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset ... of specialty vendors and unique items from across the nation, this holiday-themed event will ... services offered by the VNA. The boutique will be open Saturday, November 4 ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House of Yahweh, ... and least understood books in the Holy Scriptures, Revelation. The Book of Revelation paints ... for centuries. Many have tossed it off as mere rubbish, but Yisrayl Hawkins says ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/2/2017)... Oct. 2, 2017 Halo Labs announces the European launch ... called the HORIZON at MIBio 2017 in Cambridge, U.K ... visible particulate matter in biopharmaceutical samples with unprecedented speed and sensitivity ... novel technique Backgrounded Membrane Imaging. ... The HORIZON subvisible particle analysis system ...
(Date:9/27/2017)... their devotion to personalized service, SMP Pharmacy Solutions announces their ... South Florida Business Journal,s 50 Fastest-Growing Companies, and listed for ... specialty pharmacy has found its niche.  To that end, the ... by SFBJ as the 2017 Power Leader in Health Care. ... award in October, Bardisa said of the three achievements, "It,s ...
(Date:9/23/2017)... 22, 2017 Janssen Biotech, Inc. (Janssen) announced ... from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for ... for the treatment of moderately to severely active rheumatoid ... data are needed to further evaluate the safety of ... RA. "We ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: