Posts for category: Cardiology Care
If you have trouble sleeping or wake up the next day feeling tired and sluggish, reach out to Dr. Atif Sohail of Heart & Sleep Clinics of America in Arlington, TX, to find a treatment that works for you.
What is a Healthy Sleep Routine?
Sleeping takes up half of our lifetime and plays a crucial role in how we function throughout the day. A good night's sleep can help reduce stress, improve mood, and maintain a balanced weight. It also increases energy and productivity, boosts your immune system, and combats health conditions like diabetes and heart disease. However, a healthy sleep pattern depends on more than just a few hours of snoozing each night.
The amount of sleep you get each night plays a vital role in developing a healthy sleep pattern. According to the CDC, the average adult needs anywhere from 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night to function properly. However, it is important to note that each individual is different when it comes to sleep. Factors such as genetics, lifestyle, and daily activity can impact the amount of sleep you need.
When You Sleep
The time you fall asleep each night also plays an important role in a healthy sleep pattern. Your body follows an internal clock called the circadian rhythm that is influenced by daylight and the environment. If you don't align your sleep with the circadian rhythm, you are more likely to sleep less and suffer from insomnia. It is also crucial to fall asleep and wake up at the same time each day.
A Full Night's Sleep
Getting a full night's sleep without disruptions is just as important as how long you sleep. Waking up a few times a night to get a drink of water or go to the bathroom interferes with your body's natural sleep process. A continuous sleep pattern helps support the functions of your body and your brain so you can be more productive throughout your day.
What Can Interfere with Your Sleep Patterns?
Many factors can affect your sleep schedule, from alcohol and caffeine consumption to the lighting and temperature of your room. In addition, conditions such as sleep apnea and excessive snoring can also disrupt sleep patterns.
If you want to learn more about sleep, reach out to Sleep Clinics of America in Arlington, TX, at (817) 419-7220 to help optimize your sleep patterns.
Living a healthy lifestyle helps to prevent disease, improve mood and prolong life. However, it can be a difficult task to take on alone. That’s why our team at Heart & Sleep Clinics of America in Arlington, Tx, wants to partner with you to help you reach and exceed your wellness goals.
Dr. Atif Sohail and Nurse Dahlia Ferilina have years of experience guiding people to lead healthier, happier lives. Here are just a few services that we offer.
At the Heart & Sleep Clinics of America, we understand that poor health affects every part of life. According to the CDC, over 35% of adults in America are overweight. Because healing comes from the inside, we have dedicated an entire department to helping our clients make lifestyle changes that stick.
Our strategy includes:
- Getting to know you over time.
- Learning your specific needs and goals.
- Tailoring a nutritional plan that is specific to you.
No two people are the same, so we never recommend meal plans or strategies that do not make sense for your body or your life.
During this process, we’ll collect information such as your body weight, blood pressure, body fat percentage, medical history, and so on to create a plan that will put you on track to reach your goals.
Lastly, we’ll continue to check in with you and monitor your progress on your journey. Improving your health for the long term is a process, and we commit to being there for you every step of the way.
Grocery Store Tours
Making a lifestyle change means learning a whole new way of life, and we want to make it as seamless as possible. Shopping for healthy foods can be an intimidating process which is why we offer individual and group grocery shopping tours.
During these hands-on educational tours, we explain how to:
- Read nutritional labels and identify healthier ingredients
- Find healthier options for some of your favorite foods
- Select food options that are best for your health journey
- Buy foods that assist with disease management (disease, heart disease, etc.)
During these tours, you get ample opportunity to ask all of your food-related questions and get expert advice.
If you are ready to make a lifestyle change, connect with our Heart & Sleep Clinics of America team in Arlington, Tx. You can call us at (817) 419-7220 or schedule a Telehealth appointment.
An echocardiogram gives your Arlington, TX, cardiologist, Dr. Atif Sohail of Heart & Sleep Clinics of America, important information about your heart health. The test isn't painful and only takes an hour or less.
When is an echocardiogram needed?
Your heart doctor uses an echocardiogram to diagnose or monitor heart problems, evaluate the function and pumping ability of your heart, assess the size and thickness of your heart, check the condition of valves, or monitor your heart after surgeries. They might order the test to help determine if a heart condition is the reason you've been experiencing shortness of breath, swelling in your legs, chest pain or pressure, fatigue, or other symptoms.
The test uses high-frequency, ultrasound waves to produce images of the chambers and valves of your heart. While looking at the real-time images, your cardiologist can watch how well your heart pumps blood and view the valves and other parts of your heart.
What happens during an echocardiogram?
Before the echocardiogram starts, a technician will place sticky electrodes on your chest. These electrodes make it possible to monitor your heart rhythm during the test. They will also apply a special gel to your skin that helps the transducer produce clear images of your heart. The transducer is a handheld device that emits ultrasound waves. During the echocardiogram, the technician moves the transducer back and forth across your chest.
The echocardiogram technician may ask you to change your position periodically to ensure that all areas of the heart are examined during the test or may request that you hold your breath from time to time.
Although you may feel a little pressure when the transducer is placed on your chest, you won't notice any pain. As soon as the echocardiogram is over, you can immediately resume your normal activities.
After your cardiologist receives the results of the echocardiogram, they'll review the findings with you in our Arlington, TX, office and recommend appropriate treatments if needed.
Echocardiograms help you protect your heart. Call your cardiologist in Arlington, TX, Dr. Sohail of Heart & Sleep Clinics of America, at (817) 419-7220 to schedule an appointment if you have a heart condition or are concerned about a possible heart issue.
Would you like to reduce your risk of heart disease? Making a few lifestyle changes and visiting your Arlington, TX, cardiologist, Dr. Atif Sohail of Heart & Sleep Clinics of America can help you improve your heart health.
5 ways you can protect your heart
These steps will help you keep your heart healthy and lower the likelihood that you'll develop heart disease or experience a heart attack:
- Improve Your Diet: Eliminate or limit foods high in saturated or trans fats, like bacon, red meat, pork, hot dogs, cheese, poultry with the skin on, butter, cookies and other treats, fast food, crackers, and chips. These fats can increase your bad cholesterol level while lowering your good cholesterol level and may also raise your diabetes risk. Switch to foods made with healthier fats, like olive or canola oil, and increase the amount of lean meat, poultry, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables you eat.
- Make Exercise Part of Your Routine: Exercise reduces your blood pressure, lowers stress, improves circulation, strengthens your heart, and reduces your risk of heart attack, heart disease, coronary artery disease, and high cholesterol. Adults need 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, plus muscle-strengthening activities two or more days per week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Lose Weight: Excess weight stresses your heart, increasing your risk of heart failure, heart attack, and stroke. Dropping extra pounds can help you protect your heart and lower your blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Reduce Your Stress Level: It may be impossible to eliminate stress from your life, but you can take steps to keep it under control. Making time for hobbies and activities you enjoy can help you reduce stress, as can exercise and stress-relief practices, like yoga and meditation.
- See Your Cardiologist: A visit to your Arlington heart doctor is a good idea if you're concerned about your heart health or already have a condition that affects your heart. Regular medical care can help you lower your risk of developing heart disease or other related conditions.
Make your heart health a priority! Call your cardiologist in Arlington, TX, Dr. Atif Sohail of Heart & Sleep Clinics of America, at (817) 419-7220 to schedule your appointment.
Find out how untreated sleep apnea could increase your risk of heart disease.
Occasional bouts of snoring can occur as a result of a respiratory infection or after a night of imbibing; however, if loud snoring has become a routine occurrence this could be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleep disorder that causes pauses in breathing throughout the night. Unfortunately, as our Arlington, TX, cardiologist Dr. Atif Sohail can tell you, many people don’t know that they even have sleep apnea until they start to develop other health problems such as heart disease or high blood pressure.
How are sleep apnea and heart disease connected?
If you think you might have sleep apnea it’s important that you don’t ignore this problem. After all, untreated sleep apnea can cause a serious impact on your health. Along with getting terrible sleep night after night, sleep apnea can also put a lot of strain on your heart. Over time, this can lead to damage to the heart.
Obstructive sleep apnea has been linked to a wide range of heart problems, from arrhythmias and atrial fibrillation (a potentially dangerous irregular heartbeat) to strokes and heart attacks. There are two ways in which sleep apnea impacts the heart,
- During each pause in breathing your heart rate suddenly drops, which in turn kicks your body’s involuntary responses into high gear. This leads to a hyperarousal of the body, which causes the heart rate and blood pressure to rise quickly.
- Every time you experience pauses in breathing while you sleep (many people with OSA experience hundreds of pauses in just one night) this affects oxygen levels in the body and brain, which increases CO2 and causes changes in pressure within the chest. This problem can lead to long-term inflammation, which over time can cause problems for the heart.
This is why time is of the essence when it comes to detecting and treating sleep apnea. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea it’s a good idea to have a cardiologist that you can turn to regularly for checkups and monitoring to make sure that you have your sleep apnea symptoms under control and that it isn’t affecting your heart.
If you or someone you love is dealing with heart disease or obstructive sleep apnea, it’s important that they have a cardiologist that they can turn to for regular monitoring and checkups. Call Heart & Sleep Clinics of America in Arlington, TX, at (817) 419-7220 to schedule an in-person appointment or telemedicine visit.