Melatonin Prevents Early Morning Heart Attacks

Melatonin Prevents Early Morning Heart Attacks

Posted by Dr. Phil Pappas on 19th Oct 2016

Melatonin’s favorable effects on cardiovascular parameters, including anti-oxidative action on LDL cholesterol, reduction in sympathetic (adrenaline-driven) tone, and reduction in blood pressure (BP) is well documented.

Several studies document the blood pressure-reducing effect of melatonin. In one study once-nightly melatonin, 2.5 mg reduced nighttime and daytime blood pressure in male subjects.

Hypertension (high blood pressure) that persists during sleep is associated with heart attack.A group from Harvard estimated this risk of having a myocardial infarction, or heart attack, between 6 a.m.and noon is about 40%.

The peak hours for sudden cardiac death (SCD)—where the heart’s electrical system short circuits due to a rhythm abnormality, stopping the flow of blood to the brain, heart and the rest of the body, causing the person to collapse and die almost instantly—occur between 6 AM and 10 AM.

For more than 30 years health experts have known the erratic heartbeat responsible for SCD strikes most often during these early morning hours. SCD caused by this electrical instability causes an estimated 325,000 deaths annually.

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