Cardiologists assess reams of data about every patient to understand the state of their heart health. Deborah Heart and Lung Center experts talk about a range of underlying conditions and biomarkers that contribute to heart disease.
Some risk factors are unchangeable: family history, genetics and age are among them. Others fall under the category of “lifestyle choices” that can be adjusted toward a better outcome: diet, exercise, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding stress, smoking and excessive alcohol intake. Another component that has a huge impact on heart health? Getting quality SLEEP.
Dr. Zeeshan Khan, Pulmonologist at Deborah Heart and Lung Center and Medical Director of their Institute for Sleep Medicine, says sleep disorders can crash our immune systems and trigger a host of other attacks on our health and well-being, whether it’s a new stretch of pandemic-induced insomnia, or a more serious condition like obstructive sleep apnea.
“Almost every cardiac morbidity you can think of has been linked to sleep apnea,” according to Dr. Khan. “Heart disease, heart failure, arrhythmias, strokes, inflammatory issues like diabetes, worsening obesity – the list can go on and on.”
Shutting down for shut-eye has become a challenge for many people during the coronavirus crisis, and might prompt a conversation with your doctor if you or loved ones are noticing your daytime functioning is suffering from the lack on nighttime rest. There can be medical consequences to chronic insomnia.
KYW’s Rasa Kaye digs into the details on sleep disorders with Dr. Khan and how addressing them leads to lower stress, higher immunity and better heart health.
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