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The Sleepy Heart

heart and EKGDid you know that 1/3 of your life is spent sleeping? Sleep is not just “time out” from your daily life. It’s a time for the entire body to rest and repair itself.

Not getting a good night of sleep can lead to drowsiness during our daily activities. But that’s not all. Some sleep problems can also harm our hearts.

Sleep and waking have direct impacts on our hearts. Any time we wake from sleep, our blood pressure and heart rates increase – and our hearts have to work harder.

Some sleep-related breathing disorders also impact the heart. In Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), the upper air passage is blocked, preventing oxygen from getting into the lungs and resulting in low blood oxygen levels. In Central Sleep Apnea (CSA), the air passage remains open, but the person fails to make an effort to breathe.

People with sleep-related breathing disorders are more likely to have high blood pressure and are more at risk for heart disease and stroke. The drop in oxygen from not breathing and the increase in heart rate and blood pressure caused by waking up put stress on the heart. The continued fluctuations in blood pressure eventually lead to increases in blood pressure even during the day.

Studies have shown that OSA increases the risk of death from coronary artery disease. And, an estimated 40% of people with congestive heart failure also have CSA.

The good news is that treating sleep-related disorders can actually decrease a person’s chance of developing cardiovascular disease.

Lexington Sleep Solutions, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, offers many types of treatment for sleep disorders.

Sleep disorders are treatable and appropriate treatment can lead to a healthier heart. Visit LexingtonSleepSolutions.com.

Heart Fair 2014

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Hundreds of people came to Lexington Medical Center’s inaugural Heart Fair at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Columbia on Sunday. From healthy cooking demonstrations to health screenings and physician lectures, community members learned about optimizing their cardiovascular health. Did we see you there?

Take 5 for Heart Health Classes

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Did you “Take 5 for Heart Health” with us this month? Here are some pictures from our free classes throughout our community designed to help you Chill Out, Eat Right, Get Moving, Learn CPR and Call 911.