How Does Stress Affect the Body?

Frances Gatta Heart Health, Stress

When you feel your heart racing, you might also notice that your breath quickens, your muscles are tensed, and your tummy is tied into a knot; you can often blame this on stress. Stress can cause you to experience many physical changes. It can also affect other areas of the body, from the muscular to the reproductive systems.Of course, stress …

Obstructive Sleep Apnea: An Overview

Frances Gatta Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sleep

Obstructive sleep apnea, when left untreated, can cause serious health problems. These can include excessive daytime sleepiness, high blood pressure, heart failure, cognitive issues, accidents related to sleep loss, depression, poor daytime function, and more. Yet, about 80 to 90 percent of people with obstructive sleep apnea haven’t been diagnosed.   If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you might experience symptoms …

Atrial Fibrillation (AFib): An Overview

Frances Gatta Atrial Fibrillation, Heart Health

Arrhythmia is an abnormal or irregular heart rhythm. So, having an arrhythmia could mean several things; your heartbeat might be too fast, slow, or irregular. And of all arrhythmia types, atrial fibrillation (also called afib) is the most common. It occurs in about one percent of the population worldwide and in at least 3 to 6 million US adults.  This …

POTS: An Overview

Frances Gatta Medical Conditions, POTS

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a chronic disorder in which the heart rate rapidly increases when a person stands up.