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By Heart & Sleep Clinics of America
July 21, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorders
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can increase your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other health problems. Fortunately, Dr. Atif Sohail of Heart & Sleep Clinics of America in Arlington, TX, can help you find a treatment that eases your sleep apnea symptoms.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when you stop breathing while you sleep. Although each breathing pause may last only seconds, you may experience hundreds of pauses throughout the night. Sleep apnea deprives your brain of oxygen and makes it more likely that you'll develop a serious health condition like diabetes.

You may have sleep apnea and not even know it. Do you ever wake up during the night choking or gasping for air? When you stop breathing, choking or gasping is the way your body forces you to start breathing again. Are you abnormally tired during the day, even though you got a full night's sleep? Sleep apnea may be to blame.

Other symptoms of sleep apnea can include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Morning headaches or sore throats
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Night sweats
  • Dry mouth
  • Weight gain
  • Depression

How is sleep apnea treated?

Sleep apnea treatment depends on the cause of the condition. You may develop sleep apnea if your tongue falls against your throat while you sleep, the walls of your throat or the roof of your mouth collapse, or your brain doesn't control the muscles involved in breathing correctly.

Treatment options include:

  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Machine: A steady stream of air delivered through a small mask keeps your airway open, preventing sleep apnea. CPAP machines offer a very effective way to stop breathing pauses. During your visit to the Arlington sleep clinic, your doctor can help you find the best type of mask for you.
  • Oral Appliance: The oral appliance fits over your teeth while you sleep. The device holds your jaw forward and stops your tongue from blocking your throat.
  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPP): This surgical treatment involves removing extra tissue from the roof of your mouth.
  • Thermal Ablation: Tissues in your soft palate, tongue and nasal turbinates are heated during thermal ablation, reducing their size.
  • Pillar Implants: Rigid rods placed in the roof of your mouth stop the area from collapsing while you sleep.

Do you think you may have sleep apnea? Call your Arlington, TX, cardiologist, Dr. Atif Sohail of Heart & Sleep Clinics of America, at (817) 419-7220 to schedule an appointment.

By Heart & Sleep Clinics of America
March 09, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorders
Tags: Sleep Apnea   Diabetes  

Diabetes rates in the U.S. are on the rise, according to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. Although obesity is a key factor in the increase, it's certainly not the only reason for higher diabetes rates. In fact, untreated sleep apnea could also increase your risk of type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, Dr. Atif Sohail of Heart & Sleep Clinics of America in Arlington, TX, offers treatments that can help you avoid diabetes if you're diagnosed with sleep apnea or better manage your condition if you already have diabetes.
 

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when you stop breathing while you're sleeping. Breathing pauses can last several seconds and may happen hundreds of times throughout the night. These breathing pauses deprive your brain of oxygen, which can lead to a variety of health consequences, including heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and depression.
 

The condition can occur if you have excess tissue in your airway, your tongue blocks your throat while you sleep, or your brain doesn't properly control breathing while you sleep.
 

Symptoms of sleep apnea can include:
 

  • Snoring
  • Gasping or jerking awake when you stop breathing
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Headache

How is type 2 diabetes-related to sleep apnea?

Diabetes occurs when your blood sugar level is too high. Sleep apnea may change the way your body uses glucose (sugar) and could cause insulin resistance, a condition that occurs when your body's cells don't respond normally to insulin. Insulin, a hormone made by your pancreas, controls the amount of glucose in your blood.
 

Insulin sensitivity, glucose control, and nighttime glucose levels improve when sleep apnea is treated, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
 

What can be done to treat sleep apnea?

Depending on the severity of your condition, losing weight may be enough to eliminate your sleep apnea symptoms. During your visit to the Arlington sleep clinic, your doctor might give you an oral appliance that may help reduce your symptoms. The appliance holds your jaw forward and prevents your tongue from blocking your throat while you sleep.
 

A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is another option. CPAP machines deliver a steady stream of air into your mouth through a small mask. The stream of air prevents your airway from closing and prevents sleep apnea.
 

Do you think you may have sleep apnea? Call your Arlington, TX, cardiologist and sleep doctor, Dr. Atif Sohail of Heart & Sleep Clinics of America at (817) 419-7220 to schedule your appointment.

By Heart & Sleep Clinics of America
January 28, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorders
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Sleep apnea requires treatment to prevent serious health problems.
 

While sleep apnea prevents millions of Americans from getting the quality of sleep they deserve, it’s also surprisingly underdiagnosed. If you or your bed partner is a chronically loud snorer or gasps for air in the middle of the night our Arlington, TX, board-certified cardiologist Dr. Atif Sohail and the team at Heart & Sleep Clinics of America can help get this sleep disorder under control.
 

Does sleep apnea need to be treated?
 

Even if you are dealing with mild symptoms it’s still important that you visit our Arlington, TX, cardiology team if you are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea. This is because this condition can increase the risk for some serious health problems and complications including,

  • Hypertension
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Asthma

What are the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea?
 

You could be dealing with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) if you experience,
 

  • Restless sleep
  • Extreme daytime fatigue despite getting enough sleep
  • Morning headaches
  • Brain fog
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Poor memory
  • Mood swings
  • Gasping for air in the middle of the night
  • Chronic, loud snoring

It’s important to undergo a proper sleep study to determine whether your symptoms are the result of sleep apnea or if there is another sleep disorder at play.
 

How is sleep apnea treated?
 

The standard course of treatment for OSA is a treatment known as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, in which a face mask is worn over the nose and mouth to deliver pressurized air to prevent the airways from collapsing while you are asleep. Along with using CPAP therapy every night, our cardiologist may recommend lifestyle changes including,
 

  • Losing excess weight
  • Avoiding alcohol and sedatives
  • Quit smoking
  • Sleeping on your side (avoid sleeping on your stomach or back)

If you are dealing with milder symptoms, then your doctor may recommend a simple custom oral appliance rather than CPAP therapy. This treatment option may also be recommended to patients who aren’t ideal candidates for CPAP treatment.
 

If you are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea it’s important to talk to a qualified specialist. Call Heart & Sleep Clinics of America in Arlington, TX, at (817) 419-7220 to schedule an evaluation with our cardiologist.

By Heart & Sleep Clinics of America
July 21, 2020
Category: Sleep Disorders
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Imagine yourself waking up fully refreshed. If you are one of the 18 million Americans that struggle with sleep apnea, you may be at your wit's end trying to get sound rest. Sleep apnea can deny you of general wellbeing. With all the tossing and turning that loss of rest causes, most patients either quit any attempts to fix their wheezing or choose the surgery that reconfigures the tissues of the throat. The Heart and Sleep Clinics of America can help you with gauging your decisions in getting the best rest you can in Arlington, TX.

Here, your clinical group will help you in reestablishing the peaceful rest that your body needs. For people in Arlington, TX who don't need or can not have a medical procedure, there is still hope in improving the nature of their rest. One alternative is sleep therapy.

CPAP Therapy

The utilization of an oral gadget as a method to reestablish soothing rest is called Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) treatment. The advantages of this treatment incorporate more daytime readiness, the decrease of the danger of coronary illness, and better concentration.

Other Tips to Treat Sleep Apnea

Get Active! Consistent physical activity encourages weight loss, assisting in a better quality of sleep.

Skip the drinks. Alcohol inflames the tissues and can cause swelling, which in turn leads to sleep apnea.

Lie on your side instead of your back. Some patients with mild sleep apnea can find some comfort by sleeping laterally.

Try smoking cessation. Smoking irritates the airways and fosters mucus production, creating the perfect circumstances for snoring.

Lack of sleep can cause depression, loss of memory, and even physical injury. Those individuals who struggle with sleep apnea and are in Arlington, TX can contact the Heart and Sleep Clinics of America to schedule an appointment at (817) 419-7220.

By Heart & Sleep Clinics of America
April 23, 2020
Category: Sleep Disorders
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans. While more men than women have this sleep disorder, people of both sexes and all ages can suffer from its adverse health impact. Fortunately, here at Heart & Sleep Clinics of America in Arlington, TX, Dr. Atif Sohail and his team help patients manage their sleep apnea symptoms.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea involves repeated episodes of loud snoring and breathing cessation during the night or even a daytime nap. People waken suddenly, gasp for air, and fall back to sleep. This can happen almost innumerable times a night, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

Most often, sleep apnea occurs when the tissues at the back of the throat, including the tongue, relax and block the airway. This kind of sleep apnea is known as OSA, or Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Other people may have Central Sleep Apnea, or CSA, in which the respiratory and nervous systems do not communicate well. A third kind is Mixed Sleep Apnea, which features symptoms of OSA and CSA together.

Unfortunately, sleep apnea is more than a nuisance. It harms systemic health, causing such adverse effects as heart attack, stroke, and hypertension. Other issues that appear linked to this sleep disorder are diabetes, memory problems, anxiety, depression, and more.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

The most noticeable sign is loud snoring, especially if the noise is so excessive that it disturbs spouses and others in the household.

In addition, sleep apnea sufferers exhibit:

  • Daytime fatigue and sleepiness
  • Poor concentration
  • Morning headache
  • Dry mouth

Notable contributing factors are obesity and large neck circumference. However, even when these are modified, symptoms may not subside sufficiently. That's where sleep apnea treatment from Heart & Sleep Clinics of America in Arlington, TX, comes in.

Should you treat your sleep apnea?

The answer is yes, you should. Tell your primary care physician about your snoring and other symptoms. He may recommend you visit Dr. Atif Sohail for analysis of your symptoms and a home-based sleep study. Also called polysomnography, a sleep study will monitor your sleep pattern and vital signs during the night, telling the doctor if you have sleep apnea.

If you do, Dr. Sohail may advise lifestyle changes such as losing weight, limiting alcohol consumption, and sleeping on your side rather than on your back. Oral appliance therapy—also called a sleep guard—keeps the jaw in a forward position as you sleep and opens the airway.

These acrylic mouthpieces may be used singly or in conjunction with CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. CPAP machines deliver continuous air through a facial mask to keep the back of the throat patent.

Snore no more

At Heart & Sleep Clinics of America, cardiologist Dr. Atif Sohail and his staff solve the dangerous health condition we know as sleep apnea. For your personal consultation, please call our Arlington, TX, office at (817) 419-7220.