Originally published by Cardiometabolichealth.org, this article explores the connection between atrial fibrillation and sleep disorders like sleep apnea, and how treatment of sleep disorders can improve the arrhythmia.
A-Fib: The Most Common Serious Arrhythmia
Atrial fibrillation, or “a-fib,” is a common and often life-threatening form of arrhythmia—the medical term for irregular heart rhythm. Roughly 2.7 million Americans are living with a-fib. A-fib can best be described as a miscommunication in the signals… Continue Reading
When Is Heart Rate “Too Slow?”
It can be frightening to learn that your heart isn’t beating normally, especially when it’s racing or quivering. But what about bradycardia, a heartbeat that’s slower than normal? What’s considered “too slow” can vary from person to person,… Continue Reading
When to Worry About Heart Palpitations
At some point in our lives, most all of us will experience heart fluttering, racing, skipping, or another kind of irregular heartbeat. It’s incredibly common. But because it affects the heart, it also can be incredibly frightening. Myself,… Continue Reading
Stop PVCs (Premature Ventricular Contractions) Naturally
In my days of active practice, one of the most common consultations I used to have was with patients who came in because they didn’t feel like their hearts were beating properly anymore. Some described skipped beats. Others,… Continue Reading
Heart Racing at Night: Should You Worry?
One of the most universal experiences I heard in my cardiology practice was the frustration of lying down at night and not being able to sleep because of a racing heart. The storylines were all similar. “Doc, it… Continue Reading
What Causes Heart Flutters?
Pick up any romance novel, and the fluttering heart is sure to be mentioned at least once. Usually it’s the heart of the heroine, full of love and joy. (Or so I’m told by avid readers of the… Continue Reading
What’s Happening When Your Heart Beats Too Hard or Too Fast
If there’s a type of heart palpitation that tends to cause more worry than others, it’s when the heart starts beating unusually hard or fast, seemingly without reason. One minute you’re going about your business, and the next your… Continue Reading
3 Foods that Cause Heart Palpitations
Often when I write about the best and worst foods for the heart, I talk in the context of heart-healing foods that are good to eat, as well as foods that should be avoided because they fan the… Continue Reading
What Is a Heart Palpitation?
What is a heart palpitation? What does it feel like? Are heart palpitations normal? Are they dangerous? These are questions I’ve heard many times over years from patients and web site visitors. Heart palpitations are a common form… Continue Reading