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 …

Arrhythmias: An Overview

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Let’s have a heart-to-heart about arrhythmias. Simply put, arrhythmias are irregular heart rate patterns. They can occur when the heart rate is too fast, too slow, or simply abnormal. And they tend to be caused by an electrical issue.Types of ArrhythmiasThere are two main types of arrhythmias. They’re grouped based on the speed of the heart rate (HR): Tachycardia: A …

What is Myocarditis?

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Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle. It can be caused by a viral infection, but it can also have other causes, such as autoimmune disease, exposure to certain toxins, or a reaction to a medication.Symptoms of MyocarditisMyocarditis can be mild, with few or no symptoms, or it can be severe, resulting in chest pain, arrhythmias, or even heart …

What is Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)?

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Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a condition that predominantly affects young women. It is estimated that POTS affects up to 1 million people in the United States. The hallmark symptoms of POTS include an increase in heart rate of more than 30 beats per minute within 10 minutes of standing, lightheadedness, and overall feelings of weakness and fatigue. There …

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.

What is Hypertension?

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Hypertension (or high blood pressure) is increasingly common in our world. For instance, in the U.S. alone, nearly one in every three adults has it. That’s a pretty startling number. And of all hypertension cases, about 30% may be attributed to obesity. Thankfully, it is manageable. And some simple lifestyle changes can help immensely. Whether you’re looking to manage existing …

What’s Your Type 2 Diabetes Risk Level? Cardiogram Will Tell You

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Among adults with Type 2 Diabetes (T2DM), cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death.1 In fact, over 75% of adults with diabetes die from heart disease, compared to 33% in the general population. While these are alarming statistics, we’re here to share the good news: T2DM is treatable, and complications can be avoided! The key is catching it …

Hypertension: Prevention and Resources

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What are symptoms of hypertension?Mild hypertension doesn’t usually have symptoms. Checking your blood pressure periodically, whether at home or during a doctor’s appointment, can lead to early detection. Hypertension can be caused by kidney disease, sleep apnea, and diabetes. If you experience any of these conditions. consider checking your blood pressure more regularly. If you have severe hypertension, you may experience …

How Your Heart Rate Can Show Signs of the Flu

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Cardiogram’s mission is to empower people to become more informed about their health data. Given the concerns about COVID-19 and increased awareness of ways to reduce the spread of flu-like infections, we want to share how and why heart rate monitoring — alongside standard methods — may be an additional tool to monitor your body’s response to an infection.A front-row …