AHA Statement Offers Guidance On Adults

Nikki Attkisson | Last Updated : August 19, 2022

Do you know how much sleep deprivation will affect your health?

Recently, the American Heart Association, commonly known as AHA released a guidance statement on SDB, Sleep Disordered Breathing. Although SDB is a prevalent health condition, the chances of it being Undiagnosed are very high. SDB is the major cause of the development of cardiac arrhythmia. 

SDB creates psychological stress in humans and it leads to the alteration of your heart structure. The statement of analysis issued by AHA proves that hot-treating SDB will have a positive impact on cardiac arrhythmias and ultimately improves the overall health of a patient. 

AHA Statement Provides Direction On Adults’ Sleep Disordered Breathing And Cardiac Arrhythmias

The statement released by AHA was published in circulation and the statement was drafted by a panel of clinical experts.

Before dwelling more, let me tell you how sleep deprivation will affect your body.

AHA Statement Offers Guidance On Adults

A sleep-deprived body is prone to autonomic nervous system fluctuations. This will lead to recurring hypoxia and a fluctuation in the carbon dioxide and acid-base status leading to the disruption of cardiac functions. 

The staff cardiologists have made an association between sleep apnea and obesity to effectively identify and treat sleep-disordered breathing. They have also started how important your lifestyle helps in treating sleep-disordered breathing.

More than 1 billion people are affected by SDB and this is associated with cardiopulmonary morbidity. 

Whenever your body is exposed to repetitive interruption of ventilation you are known to have constructive sleep apnea. This interruption occurs due to upper airway obstruction and lasts for more than ten seconds each time leading to increased respiratory effects.

Sleep deprivation often leads to hypertension, coronary heart disease, cardiac arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, and failure of your heart. When caused due to sleep deprivation these disruptions are often resistant to medication.

Sleep deprivation and OSA target adults in the range of three to seven percent for men and two to five percent for women, both being adults.

In addition to cardiovascular disease, sleep deprivation will also lead to gasping during sleep, severe headaches, excessive somnolence during the day, excessive snoring, and loudness associated with it.

People who are prone to obstructive sleep apnea are prone to increased neck circumference. The circumference of the neck could expand to as long as 16 inches. The body mass index of these individuals is also high. You might also witness fluctuations in your blood pressure. Hence it is essential to have twenty-four-hour ambulatory bp monitoring. This will help in assessing your blood fluctuations. 

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It is critical to identify the symptoms and signs of obstructive sleep apnea so that you could start your treatment at an early stage and prevent instances of cardiovascular diseases.

If you want to protect your heart from cardiovascular diseases it is highly essential to bring changes to your lifestyle. Lifestyle changes are the first step to tackling sleep-related issues. The reason behind this is unless your lifestyle is healthy, sleep issues will cause further damage. For instance, an obese person has fatty deposits in and around his neck area which makes him prone to pharyngeal collapse. But if you change your food habits and make necessary changes in your lifestyle that result in weight loss, then the critical slowing pressures in your airway will be closed. 

‘Sleep’ is an important lifestyle factor. If you want to lead a healthy life, eating healthy and exercising at regular intervals alone is not enough. Maintaining an adequate sleep cycle is highly essential. The sleep cycle has a high influence on the coronary arteries which are essential in maintaining the health of your heart. Ensure starting today you sleep adequately and have a healthy and balanced lifestyle and prevent your health from cardiovascular diseases.


🔵Cleveland Clinic(n.d)AHA Statement Offers Guidance on Sleep-Disordered Breathing and Cardiac Arrhythmias in Adults(Available Online):https://consultqd.clevelandclinic.org/aha-statement-offers-guidance-on-sleep-disordered-breathing-and-cardiac-arrhythmias-in-adults/

🔵National Library Of Medicine(n.d)Sleep-Disordered Breathing and Cardiac Arrhythmias in Adults: Mechanistic Insights and Clinical Implications: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association(Available Online):https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35912643/

Nikki Attkisson

With over 15 years as a practicing journalist, Nikki Attkisson found herself at Powdersville Post now after working at several other publications. She is an award-winning journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit and worked as a journalist covering technology, innovation, environmental issues, politics, health etc. Nikki Attkisson has also worked on product development, content strategy, and editorial management for numerous media companies. She began her career at local news stations and worked as a reporter in national newspapers.

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