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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.
In our days of fast foods and even faster lifestyles, can you find a heart-healthy diet? At Heart & Sleep Clinics of America in Arlington, TX, cardiologist, Dr. Atif Sohail and his professional staff encourage patients in individualized eating plans which promote cardiovascular health and overall well-being. Ready to change your eating for the better?
You are what you eat
It's an old adage, and so true. What you consume impacts your risk for diabetes, hypertension, stroke and heart attack. In other words, eat well, and you can be well.
At Heart & Sleep Clinics of America, our patients throughout the Arlington, TX, area come to us to discover the best heart-healthy diet. While typical guidelines of portion control, cutting fats, sugar and salt and upping fiber, fruits and vegetables benefit everyone, some suggestions help the cardiac-conscious in particular.
So, Dr. Atif Sohail provides nutrition services right on-premises. Our dietary staff will guide you through an individualized heart-healthy plan for eating. Composed of the right foods in the right amounts, heart-healthy eating plans include your food preferences and important lifestyle factors, too. You'll learn works for you and your heart, including how to shop, read labels and prepare your favorite meals.
The heart-healthy diet
Experts at the Cleveland Clinic encourage a diet that is more plant-based and contains fewer animal proteins and fats. Reducing sugar and salt intake is important; however, you must replace these American diet staples with healthy, and appealing, choices.
Here's what we recommend as general guidelines. Your friends at Heart & Sleep Clinics of America will help you tailor the guidelines to your specific preferences and needs.
1. Consume seven to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day, replacing food choices high in saturated and trans fats. Fruits satisfy the sweet tooth, too, and all plant-based foods increase your fiber intake.
2. Drink plenty of water during the day.
3. Limit yourself to one serving of red meat a week and two per week of skinless poultry.
4. Eat roughage (bran) and soluble fiber (flax seed) daily.
5. Enjoy two to three servings of low-fat high calcium dairy every day.
6. Limit or totally abstain from alcohol. Men should have no more than two drinks a day and women, no more than one.
7. Eat fish at least twice a week for heart-healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
8. Substitute fresh fruit for sugary candies, cupcakes and cookies.
At Heart & Sleep Clinics of America, Dr. Sohail and his caring team want you to be proactive about your cardiac health. Why not begin your heart-friendly eating now? Call our office in Arlington, TX, for a consultation today: (817) 419-7220.
Would you like to improve your heart health? Making a few lifestyle changes and visiting your Arlington, TX, cardiologist, Dr. Atif Sohail at Heart & Sleep Clinics of America can help you protect your heart.
Make a few dietary changes
A healthy diet not only keeps your weight under control but may also reduce your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. Make sure your diet includes:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Fish and lean poultry
- Low-fat dairy products
Snack on fruits and vegetables rather than on foods loaded with sugar or carbohydrates. If you eat red meat, enjoy it in moderation, and choose lean cuts when you visit the grocery store.
Avoid saturated and trans fats like butter, margarine, shortening and lard. Consuming these fats may raise your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) level. LDL is commonly known as the "bad" type of cholesterol.
Increase your activity level
Exercise helps strengthen your heart and lungs and offers a natural way to lower your blood pressure and your blood sugar. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week, in addition to two days of moderate-to-high intensity muscle-strengthening activity every week.
Smoking increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and many other diseases. Vaping isn't any safer than smoking. Using e-cigarettes may alter blood flow to your heart and raise your levels of triglycerides and bad cholesterol.
Keep risk factors under control
Do you take your blood pressure, diabetes or cholesterol medication every day? If not, you may be putting your health at risk. If you skip dosages due to side effects, let your Arlington doctor know. It may be possible to prescribe a different drug that doesn't cause these side effects.
Excess pounds can also affect your heart health. If your weight has slowly increased over the years, now's the time to do something about it. Getting more exercise and embracing a healthy diet can help you shed those extra pounds and keep your heart strong and healthy.
Safeguard your heart health with a visit to Dr. Sohail. Call the Heart & Sleep Clinics of America at (817) 419-7220 to schedule your appointment.