Cardiovascular Disorders Sourcebook by Sandra J. Judd

By Sandra J. Judd

Cardiovascular problems Sourcebook

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2013 American Heart Association, Inc. All rights reserved. Plain old snoring can get a little annoying, especially for someone listening to it. But when a snorer repeatedly stops breathing for brief moments, it can lead to cardiovascular problems and potentially be life-threatening. It’s a condition known as sleep apnea, in which the person may experience pauses in breathing five to thirty times per hour or more during sleep. These episodes wake the sleeper as he or she gasps for air. It prevents restful sleep and is associated with high blood pressure, arrhythmia, stroke, and heart failure.

This is especially true if your affected family member smoked or had other CHD risk factors that were not well treated. Making lifestyle changes and taking medicines to treat other risk factors often can lessen genetic influences and stop or slow the progress of CHD. org. © 2013 American Heart Association, Inc. All rights reserved. Knowing your risk factors is the first step in preventing stroke. You can change or treat some risk factors, but others you can’t. By having regular medical checkups and knowing your risk, you can focus on what you can change and lower your risk of stroke.

Sickle cell anemia increases stroke risk because the “sickled” cells stick to blood vessel walls and may block arteries. Excessive alcohol intake: Drinking an average of more than one drink per day for women or more than two drinks a day for men raises blood pressure. Binge drinking can lead to stroke. Illegal drug use: Intravenous drug use carries a high stroke risk. Cocaine use also has been linked to stroke. Illegal drugs commonly cause hemorrhagic strokes. What are the risk factors I can’t control?

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