Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Truth Behind the Email Circulating about Leg cramps, Water, Heart Attack

The following information came from one of our wonderful readers.  While reading the following information, please keep in mind that this is NOT medical advice and we are not doctors.  We like to pass along information that we receive for your viewing pleasure and hopefully answer some questions or dispel rumors.

What we really want you to know is that after doing some research on this matter, we found that although water is good for us in many ways, the information below has some erroneous information. 

Please check out Snopes, MayoClinic, LiveStrong, and Consumer Reports, for the truth about the statements made below.

The information below in bold and quotes is what was sent in the email:
"I am sending this to you because I found this extremely interesting
It seems to be good information.
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 - I never knew all of this! Interesting.......

Something else I didn't know ... I asked my Doctor why do 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. This then ties in with the last statement! 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 - PASS IT ON

Dr. Virend Somers, is a Cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic, who is 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. FYI, 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""
We at Substance of Living truly appreciate you keeping us in mind when you receive funny, informative, or questionable emails.  As you've seen, with this email received, we will verify the "factual" information sent to us.  We want you to know what is being circulated throughout the internet and emails as well as provide you with the links to do your own further reading on the matter.

We hope this post has answered some questions about the benefits of water, muscle cramps at night, and the use of an aspirin during a heart attack.  Although some of the information that was forwarded to us was incorrect, it still brings up good questions to ask a doctor.

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