Dear Heart Owner,
In an effort to bring you the latest to maximize your quality of life through heart health, we are providing you with this cardio-metabolic newsletter.
This issue focuses on a problem that effects millions in Americas and now Heart of Arizona has a new, state-of-the-art test that can help you, right in the comfort of your own home. Read the article below to learn more.

(Testing is covered by most insurance.  Medicare patients pay only $100.00)
Please contact our office if you have any questions:  480.941.0800

PROTECT YOUR HEART: CPAP Adherence and Reduced Risk

 Studies show that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is a proven means of protecting against heart problems in sleep apnea patients. Recent studies highlight the importance of adhering to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy to avoid the onset of new hypertension and to help relieve current high blood pressure in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  One study in the May Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found that CPAP therapy can help prevent new-onset hypertension.  Another study in the same issue of JAMA suggested that CPAP treatment may help reduce the incidence of hypertension and cardiovascular events.  The CPAP treatment must be a minimum of 4 hours per night. OSA is a condition which the upper airway becomes temporarily blocked while you sleep, causing numerous pauses in breathing during the night. This often occurs because of muscle and tissue in the back of the throat relaxing during the night, causing a reduction in the size of the airway and forcing the diaphragm and chest muscles to work harder to open up the airway for healthy airflow.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is more common in men than women, but the rates become about equal around the age of 60 and older.  Women who have heart disease should definitely have their sleep evaluated.

Snoring or gasping for breath at night is the most obvious OSA symptom, so if a partner notices these signs, report  them to your doctor and discuss a sleep evaluation. CPAP therapy sometimes requires trial and error to find a mask that is comfortable and a pressure setting that is right for you.

Many people may attribute daytime tiredness to other health conditions, such as diabetes and heart failure, but their OSA may be unrelated to these other conditions. Many men attribute going to the bathroom at night several times due to their prostate.  While this may be possible, OSA is linked with nocturia, and treatment to reducing these awakenings can help substantially.

Sleep studies are readily available and easy to perform. 

Heart of Arizona Offers a Sleep Study in the Comfort of Your Own Home!

Millions of Americans suffer from a sleep disorder and don't even know it. Do you sleep well? Do you snore? Do you feel tired during the day? Do you have atrial fibrillation? We can help you. We can send you home with a simple to use device, so you can test yourself in your own bed!

Call to schedule your in Home Sleep Study. (480) 941-0800

What Value do you put on your Health and Quality of Life?

"Live life to the fullest."  "Maximize quality of life."  "Have a positive Well-Being."
All of these statements are wonderful affirmations of a good life,  but mean different things to each of us.  However, most of us would certainly agree that enjoying a long, healthy life would be a welcomed goal.  Unfortunately, the desire of enjoying a long, healthy life does not  automatically translate into attainment.  Yet, I can say with confidence that if you consider the choices that you make, you will realize that you can personally optimize your life and live with optimal health. 
The first thing you must do is decide what value you place on your personal health.  Ask yourself the following questions:
How important is your health to you? 
What is your health worth in time, effort, money? 
To whom do you attribute responsibility for your health?  
How does your lifestyle contribute to your health? 
Do your choices have a positive, negative, or neutral impact on your health?

All of these questions pertain to the value you place on your health and well-being.  I urge you to contemplate your personal health and quality of life goals, and then take action to make those desires a reality. 

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