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  • Writer's pictureEric Goulder, MD, FACC

Your Heart Depends on Good Sleep

March is National Sleep Awareness Month.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, at least 40 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. More than 25 million adults in the United States are believed to have moderate to severe sleep apnea (OSA). Moderate to severe OSA, in concern to the effect on your cardiovascular system, is likened to smoking a pack of cigarettes a day! And 75% of these cases go undiagnosed. One out of four people have undiagnosed sleep disorder breathing of some kind.

The list of symptoms of sleep apnea and sleep disordered breathing is long.

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Diabetes

  • irritability

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Chronic allergies

  • Crowded / crooked teeth

  • Xerostomia (dry mouth)

  • Difficulties with concentration or memory

  • TMJ dysfunction / pain

  • Gastric reflux

  • Snoring

  • Bruxism (clenching/grinding)

  • Mouth breathing

  • And more!

With so many factors, why try and decipher everything on your own? At The Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio, we can help you find answers. One of the benefits of visiting a preventative cardiologist is that we are a great starting point for a wide range of health issues, not just heart attack and stroke prevention. And one of the best methods we have to analyze sleep disorders is convenient, and takes place in your own home!

Our sleep screening is:

  • Wireless

  • At-home

  • FDA Approved

  • Affordable

The cause and effect between heart health and sleep quality is a two-way street.

As stated above, low-quality sleep can put a strain on your heart health and multiple other areas of your health. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is associated with:

4x greater risk of developing atrial fibrillation (Afib)

4x greater risk of developing hypertension

3x greater risk of having a stroke

But this relationship also works in reverse. Acute and chronic illnesses can be a challenge to getting quality sleep. More than half of people with Type 2 Diabetes have some degree of obstructive sleep apnea. A person with diabetes may also need to frequent the bathroom throughout the night. Pain can interrupt sleep when suffering from arthritis or other inflammatory issues. This is why it’s so important to control and manage these chronic conditions to the best of our abilities. When we identify and address the root causes of sleep disorders, we can prevent and reverse them.

The Heart Attack Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio and Complete Health Dentistry of Columbus is the first center in the nation to feature the expertise of cardiology and dentistry under one roof, providing the holistic benefits of The BaleDoneen Method to our patients. The BaleDoneen Method is a science-based methodology that is scientifically proven and accepted to both prevent and reverse heart attacks, strokes, and many other chronic conditions such as dementia, type 2 diabetes, erectile dysfunction, and kidney disease.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea can take 10-15 years off your life! Stop guessing and start testing. Contact us today to schedule an at-home sleep screening. This painless, wirefree screening couldn’t be easier.


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