Heart Disease, Dementia and Sleep Apnea

Here’s an interesting study showing that the presence of heart disease may predict dementia better than cognitive tests. This finding is not surprising since we know that untreated obstructive sleep apnea can cause major injury to multiple areas of the brain. We also know that the older you get, the more likely you’ll develop sleep apnea. […]

High Blood Pressure In Pregnancy Raises Child’s Heart Risk

Having high blood pressure during pregnancy (also called preeclampsia) was found to increase the offspring’s risk of having high blood pressure in childhood and young adulthood. This study published in Pediatrics analyzed 18 studies and looked at cardiovascular risk factors in people exposed to high blood pressure during pregnancy. Those that were exposed had a […]

The Missing Link Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease

It’s medical dogma that having gum disease can cause heart disease. The most common explanation is that bacteria from your mouth can spread through the bloodstream and infect your heart valves (called endocarditis). The problem with this explanation is that endocarditis is a tiny fraction of people who have heart disease. Just because there’s an […]

Another Link Between Heart Disease, Depression, & Sleep Apnea

Here’s a study showing that having both heart disease and depression can significantly increase your chances of cognitive decline later in life.  This makes absolute sense if you have obstructive sleep apnea to begin with, since this is what can aggravate or cause both heart disease and depression. There are also many studies showing how damaging untreated obstructive […]

High Blood Pressure In Children Predicts Heart Disease In Parents

You may be thinking that I mixed up the words in the title. Yes, I did mean to say that children who have high blood pressure or high cholesterol have higher chances that their parents have diabetes or heart disease later on in life. Researchers found that 26 years after screening these children for health […]