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Related TopicsCavsNBA Join Matt Medley and Brandon Larador this week in on our new weekly Cavaliers Podcast – “CavsLand”. The Cavs are 7-1 as of November 11, 2015, and today Brandon and Matt discuss the impressive start and debate whether it’s sustainable, as well as recap recent games and preview the upcoming schedule… Awesome music and random fantasy basketball trash talking featured as well. Matt Loede Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.
It has long been known that smoking increases your risk for many serious health conditions. The list of smoking-related diseases is considerable: asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, heart disease, stroke, peripheral artery disease, and a wide variety of cancers, including lung cancer. Now there’s evidence that smokers are more likely to develop atrial fibrillation than non-smokers. September is National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month, and Tennova Healthcare is using the occasion to spotlight the latest research related to smoking and atrial fibrillation (AFib). Smokers face a 32 percent increase in AFib risk, while former smokers face a 9 percent higher risk, according to a new scientific analysis published July 11 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.Researchers reviewed 29 studies of atrial fibrillation rates in more than a million current, former and never-smokers in Europe, North America, Australia and Japan. For every 10 cigarettes smoked per day, the researchers found a 14 percent increase in the risk of AFib. They also found that every 10 pack-years correlated with a 16 percent increase in risk for AFib. “Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of heart arrhythmia,” said William C. Lindsay, M.D., (PHOTO ABOVE) a board-certified cardiac electrophysiologist with Tennova Heart. “An arrhythmia is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. During an arrhythmia, the heart can beat too fast, too slow, or with an irregular rhythm.”Because arrhythmias disrupt the rhythm of the heart, they can interfere with circulation and, depending on the type, cause chest pain, a racing heartbeat, fatigue, fainting, shortness of breath and dizziness. In severe cases, arrhythmias can raise your risk of heart attack, stroke or cardiac arrest, which occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating. “Fortunately, many arrhythmias aren’t serious health threats,” Dr. Lindsay said. “When treatment is necessary to control your heart rate, relieve symptoms or prevent complications, strategies may include medication, a pacemaker, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or radiofrequency ablation.” A Closer Look at Atrial FibrillationAtrial fibrillation is a serious form of arrhythmia that affects as many as 2.7 million people in the United States. It influences the way the heart’s upper chambers—the atria—beat. In people with AFib, the heartbeat is often described as an irregular quiver, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. People may have temporary episodes of atrial fibrillation or permanently experience the irregular heartbeat.“AFib can cause blood clots, so one of the most dangerous complications of the condition is stroke,” Dr. Lindsay said. “Patients with AFib are four to six times more likely to have a stroke. For this reason, those diagnosed with AFib should be extra vigilant about their heart health and stroke prevention.”According to Dr. Lindsay, the new study indicates a clear dose-response relationship between the increasing number of cigarettes smoked per day and the risk of atrial fibrillation. The findings underscore the importance of avoiding smoking among non-smokers and smoking cessation among current smokers to prevent the serious cardiovascular disease and premature mortality.3 Tips to Help You Quit SmokingThe decision to stop smoking can have a profound effect. Kick the habit effectively with these tips:1. Make a plan. Make a list of reasons why you’re quitting. Remind yourself of these every day, even when you don’t feel the urge to smoke.2. Get rid of it. Cigarettes, ashtrays, lighters and anything else that will remind you of smoking should go. Every time you look at an ashtray, you’ll think of smoking. So there’s no need to have one on your coffee table.3. Know the benefits. Reinforce your decision with the knowledge of why it’s the right choice. Reference your list of why you’re quitting. If health concerns aren’t enough to maintain your resolve, consider this: If you smoke one pack per day, you spend thousands of dollars every year on cigarettes. What else could you do with that money? For more information or a referral to a heart specialist, call 1-855-TENNOVA (836-6682) or visit TennovaMedicalGroup.com. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 09/26/2018-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitter
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has drawn level with fierce rival Lionel Messi on 5 Ballon d’or awards after he was named the recipient for 2017 on Thursday evening.Ronaldo, who had previously won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016, saw off the aforementioned Messi and PSG superstar Neymar to win the prestigious and highly coveted award.The Portugal international captain was influential last season as he led his Real Madrid side to a UEFA Champions League (UCL) and Spanish La Liga double.RelatedLionel Messi Valueless in the Eyes of ArgentinaDecember 5, 2018In “Europe”Luka Modrič Attacks Ronaldo and Messi for Missing Ballon d’Or CeremonyDecember 15, 2018In “Europe”‘I’D LIKE TO RETIRE AT REAL MADRID’- Ballon d’Or winnerDecember 4, 2018In “Europe”