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Can’t Sleep? What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You – Dr. Jim Stocks

We all have occasional nights when we can’t sleep, but long-term or chronic insomnia is much more serious. Untreated, it can increase your risk for diabetes, hypertension, depression, heart failure, and possibly even death in older adults. Chronic insomnia affects your memory, your ability to concentrate, and your safety on the road. So how do you know when it’s time to see a doctor for your insomnia? The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler’s Dr. Jim Stocks answers questions about chronic insomnia in this post to HealthConnection.TV.

What is chronic insomnia? (first question)

What is the impact of not treating chronic insomnia? (skip to 1:08)

Given how serious chronic insomnia can be, why is it so often undiagnosed and untreated? (skip to 1:40)

What is the impact on one’s health for not treating long-term insomnia? (skip to 2:38)

What is the impact of chronic insomnia on work, health care costs, driving safety, etc.? (skip to 3:34)

Is chronic insomnia difficult to treat? (skip to 5:27)

Which prescription medications work best in treating chronic insomnia? (skip to 8:09)

What are your thoughts on the prescription medication Ambien? (skip to 9:02)

Are there any concerns as to the long-term use of prescription sleep medications? (skip to 10:15)

What about over-the-counter sleep aids such as antihistamines, Sominex, Tylenol PM, melatonin and chamomile tea? (skip to 11:08)

At what point should one see a doctor about chronic insomnia? (skip to 12:15)

When should one seek out a sleep specialist? (skip to 13:12)

Women: A Heart Attack Every 90 Seconds – Dr. Sridevi Pitta

It may come as a surprise to know that women are less likely than men to have the typical clutching-the-chest “Hollywood heart attack.” Instead, women may experience pressure or pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen. Many women who have had heart attacks also use words like “breathlessness,” “nausea,” “fatigue,” or “dizziness” to describe their symptoms. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, heart disease expert Dr. Sridevi Pitta offers educational advice about women and heart attacks.

Are the symptoms of a heart attack different for women? (first question)

For women who have had a heart attack, how do they describe it? (skip to 1:56)

Do heart attack symptoms for women come on suddenly or are there warning signs prior to the attack? (skip to 2:590

Is there one particular symptom of heart attack or a combination of symptoms that should convince a woman that she needs to go to the Emergency Room? (skip to 3:57)

Why, in the presence of potential symptoms of heart attack, are women so reluctant to call 9-1-1? (skip to 4:54)

Why do so many physicians overlook the symptoms of heart attack in women? (skip to 5:41)

If a woman knows the signs and believes she is having a heart attack, but gets to the Emergency Room and is told that it’s probably indigestion or lack of rest, what should she do? (skip to 7:04)

Do you recommend that women take a low dose of aspirin as an aid in preventing heart attack? (skip to 8:21)

What is your opinion regarding supplements such as fish oil or CoQ10 with respect to preventing or treating heart disease? (skip to 9:30)

What is your best advice to help women reduce the chance of having a heart attack? (skip to 11:47)

Diabetes: The Story Behind the Stats – Dr. David Shafer

Of all the things that can rob you of a long, healthy life, none looms larger than diabetes. From blindness to the loss of limbs to the high cost of the nation’s health care bill, diabetes looms large. In this post to HeatlhConnection.TV, the U.T.Health Science Center at Tyler’s Dr. David Shafer talks about recognizing and acting on risk factors for diabetes.

Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States, 8.3 percent of the population, have been diagnosed with diabetes. Has the number always been this high? (first question)

The American Diabetes Association estimates that in addition to the 8.3 percent of the population that is diagnosed with the disease, another seven percent is undiagnosed. How do you have diabetes and not know it? (skip to 1:21)

Another alarming statistic tells us that there are 79 million people who are pre-diabetic. What does pre-diabetic mean? (skip to 2:06)

How do you test for pre-diabetes? (skip to 3:00)

If you have pre-diabetes, is diabetes inevitable? (skip to 3:31)

Sixty percent of all non-traumatic lower limb amputations occur in people with diabetes. If you have diabetes, what is the likelihood that you will lose a toe or a foot or a leg to amputation? (skip to 4:41)

What is the connection between diabetes and the risk for lower extremity amputation? (skip to 5:43)

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults age 20 to 74. Why? (skip to 6:38)

Nearly 13 percent of African-Americans and nearly 12 percent of Hispanics have diabetes but only 7.1 percent of the white population is diabetic. Why the difference? (skip to 7:50)

One in three children that were born in 2010 will develop diabetes during their lifetimes. How do we reverse this shocking trend? (skip to 9:24)

Recognizing the impact of obesity on the risk for diabetes and recognizing diabetes’ impact on the cost of health care, if we as a society went back to weighing what we did in the 1950s and 1960s, what impact would that have on the nation’s overall health care bill? (skip to 10:52)