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MAYO CLINIC - DRINKING WATER,
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Water and Aspirin...PLEASE READ!

A cardiologist determined that heart attacks can be triggered by dehydration.
Good Thing To Know. From The Mayo Clinic. How many folks do you know who say they don't want to drink anything before going to bed
because they'll have to get up during the night?
Heart Attack and Water - Drinking one glass of water before going to bed avoids stroke or heart attack. Interesting.......

Something else I didn't know ... I asked my Doctor why people need to urinate so much at night time.
Answer from my Cardiac Doctor: Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down
and the lower body (legs and etc.) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. I knew you need
your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me.

Correct time to drink water... Very Important. From A Cardiac Specialist!
Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body:
2 glasses of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion
1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure
1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack
I can also add to this... My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking
hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.
Mayo Clinic on Aspirin -Dr. Virend Somers is a Cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic who is the lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue
of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon. Having one during the night, When the heart should be most at rest,
means that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.
1. If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night.
The Reason: Aspirin has a 24-hour "half-life"; therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be
strongest in your system.
2. Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest; for years. (when it gets old, it smells like vinegar).
Please read on.
Something that we can do to help ourselves - nice to know. Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve instantly on the tongue. They work much
faster than the tablets.
Why keep Aspirin by your bedside?
It's about Heart Attacks -There are other symptoms of a heart attack, besides the pain on the left arm. One must also be aware of an intense
pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating; however, these symptoms may also occur less frequently.
Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack.
The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake
you up from your deep sleep. If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water.
Afterwards: - Call 911. - Phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by. Say "heart attack!" - Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins. -
Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and ........DO NOT LIE DOWN!

A Cardiologist has stated that if each person after receiving this e-mail, sends it to 10 people, probably one life could be saved! I have already
shared this information. What about you? Do forward this message. It may save lives!
"Life is a one-time gift" (Let's forward and hope this will help save some!!!)
 

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Thanks Harry. I should take that advice to heart, pun not entirely intended. Heart attack killed my father at 42 and it is hereditary. By the way, my doctor also told me that the water helps with kidney function. Apparently mine is headed downhill.
 

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I'm a big fan of people taking aspirin . There seems to be a lot of strokes and heart attacks around here , and a lot of them may have been avoided had they taken one daily .

In my case I have issues with aspirin , and have to use expensive blood thinners .
Doctors told me I should have died or at the very least had a debilitating stroke because of my A-fib issues .
Years ago I was told to see a specialist immediately and I wasn't to concerned as I thought they were whining about a heart murmur that I've always had , but little did I know that my resting heart beat is 130 bpm because of an A-fib issue .
I ignored there warnings and 5 years later I needed an operation and they freaked when they seen my heart rate .
The only reason I think I'm alive is because back then I drank a case of beer every weekend thinning my blood out , avoiding a stroke .

It's unfortunate , because when I take even a baby aspirin , my sinuses swell up badly and I cannot breath threw my nose . Very difficult to sleep at night threw your mouth , at least for me.

BTW, I've always drank a lot of water . Probably the same daily quantity as most families
 

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Thanks, Harry. I looked in the mirror a few days ago and discovered that I'm officially old. I'll heed your advice, especially the aspirin and water before going to bed. I've been taking one in the morning, but your explanation of the principle makes more sense.
 

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Thanks Harry. I died on an airplane about 3 years ago just before Christmas. As best thy could tell, it was triggered by dehydration. First thing they did was feed me aspirin. Now I drink 3-4 very large glasses per day, about a gallon, starting on waking up, ending just before bed. Yes, you may have to get up several times at night, but you sleep much better when hydrated. By the way, the after effect of chest compressions is really painful. When I arrived at the hospital, they checked out my heart, then sent me for rib XRays. Stop eating all the greasy food guys and gals!
 

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Thanks Harry, really great information. My wife recently had a problem with getting dehydrated - her kidneys shut down and she had to go through dialysis and everything - and her doctor has told her that she needed to drink more (much more water, less Coke). She also has had a long-term problem with leg cramps at night, I've just passed along the information that she should drink water before going to bed. I'd looked up the possible causes of leg cramps before and dehydration was one of them, and this information confirms that.
 

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Tom, in addition to the water at night I take a Magnesium tablet and the combination stopped my night cramps.
 
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Thanks for the info Harry, I'll have my wife mention it to her doctor. I don't know if they automatically check for magnesium on a blood test or whether it has to be specified, although this article Your Magnesium Level is Virtually Worthless Information seems to indicate that a blood test is not accurate. Perhaps she'll have to go on his recommendation that a magnesium supplement will help and, obviously, won't hurt.
 

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Harry, thanks for thinking of us and sharing this most precious information. If I may, I would like to add of my experience with Sleep Apnea in the hopes it may help someone else out. I go into some detail and I understand if you don't want to read through but I hope you persevere as it may lengthen your years with family and friends.

I always snored! I thought it was due to a short neck and smaller than normal plumbing in my throat, and it may be right but that's only part of the story. I worked for Motorola from '89 to '94, starting in Montreal and transferring to Calgary in '90. While on a business trip to Montreal in the early 90's I was invited to stay with friends. It was a short overnight trip... in the morning, they reported that my snoring was really bad. I emitted sounds ranging from a soft snore, cats fighting and a bloody train going by.

Shortly after coming back to Calgary, I happened to be listening to a radio show host interviewing a sleep specialist. As he checked off sleep apnea symptoms, I realized that I might be suffering from this condition. At this point I should let you know that my job entailed a lot of driving to satellite locations across the province and I would have trouble staying awake on the road, even after what I thought was a full night's sleep. So, I contacted the clinic and went in for an overnight stay.

The first half of the night was me sleeping with all kinds of electrodes glued to my head to register my brain activity, other electrodes in and around my chest for obvious reasons and a monitor at my throat to measure apnea episodes. The second part of the night was me sleeping with the electrodes but also with a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine calibrated to assist with my breathing, based on what was observed the first half without therapy. I woke up after 4 hours of therapy feeling like I has finally had the best sleep of my life, 4 hours felt like a full night.

Here is the key to understanding what an apnea is: what happens when we sleep is that our body relaxes to allow us to recharge our batteries, so to speak. This relaxation also happens with our throat muscles and sometimes the airway pressure trying to get into our body completely closes the throat so that there is no breathing happening. At this stage the apnea event will last until the brain says to the body that there is no breathing and some part of the body, usually the leg, will jerk to wake the body up enough for the throat to open up again accompanied by a loud gasp. You may wake up a little or not. This is called obstructive sleep apnea. There are other types and a website listed at the end of this post will explain sleep apnea in more detail and perhaps answer questions you may have.

In my case, years of living with this condition has enlarged the right side of my heart because of the stress caused by the strain of trying to keep me alive without oxygen. Please speak to anyone who may have witnessed this happening to you and if this is the case, find a sleep clinic and get tested. I have been on CPAP therapy since the overnight test and I won't sleep without my APAP. I know it will keep me around for many years to come. The machines are admittedly expensive, more so here in Canada compared to the USA. I have found a website that ships to Canada and I get all my CPAP filters, air tubes and other accessories from CPAP.com and if you have a doctor's prescription they will also sell you a CPAP machine or an Automated PAP which monitors your airway requirements through your sleep and adjusts the pressure needed for you to sleep like a baby!

Good luck to anyone who chooses to follow up and gets tested.

Here is a website which explains sleep apnea conditions, causes, effects and therapy.

The 3 Types of Sleep Apnea Explained: Obstructive, Central, & Mixed
 
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Pierre, I have been using the sleep apnea machine myself for the past 14 months .
My only complaint is I have really vivid dreams now, as you go into that deeper sleep your normally suppose to .
Our insurance covered the first $2,300 , and I think it cost me an additional $300 .
Very good nvestmemt and wouldn't think of sleeping without it
 

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I can confirm the waking up with charlie horses in the middle of the night. More than once I've awakened with these, and when I went to try and walk them off, the cramps were so bad, my foot curled inwards with every step as I lifted my foot. Painful! I finally realized it wasn't potassium I was lacking, I was dehydrated.

I keep a covered glass of water on my nightstand and drink half of it (or more) just before I go to bed ,in addition to the four bottles (minimum) daily. If I don't, I'll stretch in my sleep (something I do quite a bit, I might add) and be awakened with my foot trying to curl in/under.
 
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Pierre, I have been using the sleep apnea machine myself for the past 14 months .
My only complaint is I have really vivid dreams now, as you go into that deeper sleep your normally suppose to .
Our insurance covered the first $2,300 , and I think it cost me an additional $300 .
Very good nvestmemt and wouldn't think of sleeping without it.


Glad to hear you're getting down to deep REM sleep and dreaming. To tell the truth, I don't remember most of mine - I don't know if that would be a blessing or a curse but then again I don't worry about interpreting those I do remember... ;) As far as insurance, mine covered up to 80% up to $2000. So I figured on getting $2k but the bastard took the 20% off the top and I had to scramble to find an extra $200 while on disability. And they know about the disability since they are paying off on it, so I guess they saw a way to get a little bit back from me. What a joke! I can tell you that if I can get the next one from CPAP.com, I will do it in a heart beat. Anyhow, glad to hear you are doing well with your CPAP therapy as well. Think of trying the APAP for your next machine, it works great for me.
 

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I can confirm the waking up with charlie horses in the middle of the night. More than once I've awakened with these, and when I went to try and walk them off, the cramps were so bad, my foot curled inwards with every step as I lifted my foot. Painful! I finally realized it wasn't potassium I was lacking, I was dehydrated.

I keep a covered glass of water on my nightstand and drink half of it (or more) just before I go to bed ,in addition to the four bottles (minimum) daily. If I don't, I'll stretch in my sleep (something I do quite a bit, I might add) and be awakened with my foot trying to curl in/under.
I have similar problems with cramping, but since I drink a glass and keep a glass covered on the night table. More bathroom stops, but deeper sleep. I tried a CPAP machine, but it actually shut down my airways. So I have an oxygen generator for sleeping. Still have some apnea, but 1/4th the number of breahing stops. This getting old is annoying. BTW, I put a little sugar free flavored syrup in the glass and drink alkaline water made with baking soda, about 3 heaping teaspoons per gallon of filtered water. Nice to stop reflux.
 

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I have similar problems with cramping, but since I drink a glass and keep a glass covered on the night table. More bathroom stops, but deeper sleep. I tried a CPAP machine, but it actually shut down my airways. So I have an oxygen generator for sleeping. Still have some apnea, but 1/4th the number of breahing stops. This getting old is annoying. BTW, I put a little sugar free flavored syrup in the glass and drink alkaline water made with baking soda, about 3 heaping teaspoons per gallon of filtered water. Nice to stop reflux.
I don't have re-flux, but man, I can bring down Sherwood Forest in one night with the snoring! Poor Ken; He'll nudge me when it gets too bad. I went a long time without snoring, but in the last two or three years, it's come back with a vengeance. Irritating. The cramps in the legs, at least I can take keep those at bay... lol
 
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