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By Heart & Sleep Clinics of America
October 06, 2020
Category: Cardiology Care
Tags: Heart-Healthy Diet  

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.

Learn more

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.

By Heart & Sleep Clinics of America
September 04, 2020
Category: Heart Conditions
Tags: Heart Disease  

How your doctor in Arlington, Texas can help you live a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Did you know you can do a lot to prevent heart disease? Some factors, like genetics, are things you can't control, but smoking, diet, and other lifestyle choices play a huge part in developing heart disease. These lifestyle choices are well within your control.

Dr. Atif Sohail at Heart & Sleep Clinics of America in Arlington, Texas can help you with heart disease prevention and treatment.

Let’s take a closer look at the ways you can prevent heart disease. Consider:

  • Modifying your diet; limit fatty foods like red meat and whole fat dairy. Try low-fat dairy products and lean meats, poultry, and fish instead. Be sure to eat plenty of vegetables and fruits to help you stay full, so you don’t take in too many calories.
  • Quitting smoking; tobacco use is a major risk factor in developing heart disease, and many other serious medical conditions.
  • Increasing the amount you exercise; vigorous physical activity strengthens your heart, so you should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days each week. Aerobic exercises like brisk walking, jogging, or swimming are especially beneficial to your heart.
  • Managing your stress; meditation, yoga, and deep breathing are all excellent ways to calm your body and mind.
  • Visit your doctor regularly for blood pressure monitoring and cholesterol checks. Your doctor can help keep your heart healthy with blood-pressure and cholesterol-lowering medications, which is one of the reasons why regular visits are so important.

You can do a lot to prevent heart disease, and your doctor can help. To find out more about preventing heart disease and keeping your body healthy, call Dr. Atif Sohail of Heart & Sleep Clinics of America in Arlington, Texas at (817) 419-7220. Call now, and protect your heart.

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
July 20, 2020
Category: Cardiology Care
Tags: Healthy Lifestyle   Heart  

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
  • Whole-grains

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.

Don't smoke

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.

By Heart & Sleep Clinics of America
April 27, 2020
Category: Heart Conditions
Tags: Heart Disease  

Heart disease is a term that refers to a range of medical conditions that negatively affect your heart. Blocked blood vessels or issues that affect your heart's valves, muscle, or rhythm all fall under the umbrella of heart disease. If you suffer from heart disease or even sleep apnea, schedule an appointment with Dr. Atif Sohail of Heart and Sleep Clinics of America. Dr. Sohail can treat your condition as well as discuss your risk factors for heart disease. Read on to learn more about how heart disease develops.

Heart Disease Factors

Your age, family history, health conditions, and lifestyle determine whether you have a higher risk of developing heart disease. While you can't control your age or family history, you can lower your risk of heart disease by changing other factors. Here's a list of factors that can cause heart disease.

Medical Conditions

Certain medical conditions make you a higher risk of developing heart disease. People with high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol can develop heart disease. Obesity is also a contributing factor.


Using tobacco is another risk for heart disease. Smoking damages your blood vessels and heart. This puts you at a higher risk for a heart attack or atherosclerosis. Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide, which reduces the level of oxygen that your blood can transport. Nicotine also raises your blood pressure, which can lead to stroke.

Not exercising enough also contributes to heart disease. A sedentary lifestyle leads to a host of issues, including obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol.

Eating an unhealthy diet can lead to heart disease as well. Regularly consuming foods high in sodium, saturated fats, and trans fats negatively affects your body. Excess alcohol contributes to heart disease also increases your blood pressure.

Prioritize your Heart's Health

Learning the risk factors of heart disease can help you make the necessary lifestyle changes so that you avoid its dangers. Contact Heart & Sleep Clinics of America at 817-419-7220 to schedule your appointment.

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