Risk Factors for Coronary Artery Disease (Part 1)

By:  Samuel J. Stagg III, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.P. Approximately one out of two of us will die of heart disease or stroke. Finding out which factors cause these diseases is crucial to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of our most serious health risk.1 In the early 1960s, the initial results from the Framingham Heart Study2gave us an initial glimpse into the …

High Blood Pressure And Sleep: Is Chronic Stress The Link?

A study published in July 2014 reported that after a stressful event (marital separation, in this case), difficulties sleeping didn’t quite correlate with current blood pressure but did predict future elevations of blood pressure.  The authors of the study speculated that the stress of the separation caused poor sleeping which ultimately led to elevated blood pressure- which may in turn …