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Your sleep disorder could impact the health of your heart.
Many people who snore also have sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes pauses in breathing throughout the night. Dr. Ahmet Sayan of Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists in St. Thomas, and St. Croix, want patients to be aware of the dangers that untreated and uncontrolled sleep apnea can have on their heart health.
Why is sleep apnea so dangerous?
Obstructive sleep apnea causes the tissue in the back of the throat to collapse, which results in obstructed breathing throughout the night. This means that your brain isn’t getting enough oxygen. Over time, untreated sleep apnea can impact your energy levels, mental acuity, and work performance. It can also lead to serious issues including high blood pressure, diabetes, atrial fibrillation, and heart disease.
How does sleep apnea impact the heart?
According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the US. Between 40-80 percent of people with heart disease in the US also have obstructive sleep apnea. Furthermore, the American Heart Association reports that OSA impacts about 30-50 percent of people with hypertension and may increase the risk for atrial fibrillation.
With this in mind, your St. Thomas, or St. Croix, doctors want people with heart disease to get tested for obstructive sleep apnea to make sure that this sleep disorder isn’t making heart disease symptoms worse.
What are the warning signs of sleep apnea?
It’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea so that you can turn to a sleep specialist right away. Some of the most common signs include:
- Loud snoring
- Frequent morning headaches
- Brain fog
- Extreme daytime fatigue despite getting enough sleep
- Increased irritability and mood swings
- Decreased sex drive
- Falling asleep at your desk
Here at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists, Dr. Sayan provides you with the care you need to protect the health of your heart while living with sleep apnea. We have offices in St. Thomas, or St. Croix. To schedule an appointment, call (340) 714-2845 or (340) 692-5000 today.
Keeping your heart healthy is one of the most vital indicators of overall health in the body. It can be as simple as the routine performance of movements that most people can do. Let the board-certified specialists at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Saint Thomas and Saint Croix be your hub for education concerning exercises for heart health. Drs. Jeffrey Chase and Ahmet Sayan are here for you.
Cardiovascular exercise is critical to proper blood oxygenation, as it increases the blood circulation and encourages deep breathing. Let’s discuss some exercises that improve heart health and performance:
Walking briskly for 30 minutes a day, 3-4 times a week is a terrific way to get your heart rate up and the blood moving through your body. For an added challenge, go for a hike in the mountains.
Throw yourself a party
Turn on some music at home and dance! Exercising your heart does not have to be a grueling job. Dance while you make dinner or clean your home.
Go for a run
Running is a surefire way to work out your heart. Ensure your running shoes fit properly and that you are well hydrated before your run.
Move some weights around
Weight training with challenging weights is a good way to get the heart going. Weightlifting also encourages aggressive fat loss, so your heart benefits in multiple ways.
Take a dip
Swimming is another fun way to tone the body, exercise your heart, and get your blood circulating. Whether it's in a pool or natural surroundings, swimming increases the heart rate and requires you to focus on your breath.
Need more info on how to incorporate positive changes and goals to your workouts? Contact Drs. Jeffrey Chase and Ahmey Sayan at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. Reach our beautiful Saint Thomas office at (340) 714-2845. We also serve Saint Croix at (340) 692-5000.