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Conference Highlights: AHA 2016

Conference Highlights: AHA 2016

New research was presented at AHA 2016, the annual scientific sessions of the American Heart Association, from November 12 to 16 in New Orleans. The features below highlight some of the studies presented at the conference.   Poor Sleep Linked With AF Obstructive sleep apnea has been identified as a risk factor for atrial fibrillation (AF) in previous studies. Whether or not disrupted sleep without sleep apnea is also linked with AF remains unclear. Researchers conducted an analysis of previous studies to isolate and confirm the effects of poor sleep on AF. They found that disrupted sleep, including insomnia, may be independently associated with AF. People who reported awakening frequently during the night had about a 26% higher risk of developing AF than those who did not wake up often. Patients with diagnosed insomnia had a 29% higher risk of developing AF than those without insomnia. ————————————————————–   Healthy Lifestyle, Genetic Risk, & CAD Prior research indicates that genetic and lifestyle factors both contribute to an individual’s risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). However, little is known about the extent to which a healthy lifestyle may offset higher genetic risks for CAD. Study investigators quantified genetic risk for CAD among participants of four large studies. Adherence to a healthy lifestyle—defined as no current smoking, no obesity, regular physical activity, and a healthy diet—was also assessed. Genetic and lifestyle factors were independently associated with susceptibility to CAD. However, among participants with high genetic risk of CAD, having a healthy lifestyle was associated with a 46% lower relative risk of CAD than having an unhealthy lifestyle. ————————————————————– Aggressive BP Therapy &...
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