Dr. Chauncey W. Crandall, author of Dr. Crandall’s Heart Health Report newsletter, is chief of the Cardiac Transplant Program at the world-renowned Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He practices interventional, vascular, and transplant cardiology. Dr. Crandall received his post-graduate training at Yale University School of Medicine, where he also completed three years of research in the Cardiovascular Surgery Division. Dr. Crandall regularly lectures nationally and internationally on preventive cardiology, cardiology healthcare of the elderly, healing, interventional cardiology, and heart transplants. Known as the “Christian physician,” Dr. Crandall has been heralded for his values and message of hope to all his heart patients.

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Your Heart Needs Deep Sleep

Friday, 04 Nov 2011 06:23 AM

Researchers have found that older men who fall short on restorative sleep have an 80 percent higher risk of developing high blood pressure compared to those who sleep deeply.

The study, published in the journal Hypertension, examined 784 men with an average age of 75. When the study began, in 2003 to 2005, the men did not have high blood pressure. When they returned for a follow-up between 2007 and 2009, 243 had developed high blood pressure.

The researchers then divided the men into four groups, ranging from those with the lowest amount of slow-wave sleep to the highest. Slow-wave sleep is the deepest, most restorative form of sleep. Men who had the least amount of this type of sleep were the most likely to develop high blood pressure.

Past studies have also shown that sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, can cause high blood pressure. So if you find that you are habitually unable to get a good night’s rest, discuss a solution with your doctor. It might just save your life!

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