Dr. Volgman shares how sleep deprivation impacts a woman's heart.
Sleep deprivation has been correlated with increased risk of heart attacks, increased risk of blood pressure, and that’s, insomnia actually can also be associated with sleep apnea where you stop breathing for a few seconds, and then you wake up feeling like you need to gasp for air.
That’s also been correlated with an increased risk of blood pressure again, and it increases the pressures in the lungs and when you have increased pressure in the lungs, the right side of your heart can get weaker, and this can lead to heart failure in people.
So, we have to be careful in finding out what’s going on with why the person is so tired. And that’s one of the main symptoms of sleep deprivation and sleep apnea is fatigue, and high blood pressure, depression, those are the things that should trigger a doctor to think about sleep apnea.
And it’s especially common in obese women and men. So if a patient is overweight, think about sleep apnea as one of the causes of the fatigue or the depression or the high blood pressure.
About Dr. Volgman, M.D., F.A.C.C.:
Annabelle S. Volgman is associate professor of medicine and medical director of the Heart Center for Women at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Volgman graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, and received her medical doctorate degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York. She received her internal medicine training at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics and her cardiology fellowship training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She was a fellow in clinical electrophysiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Illinois Masonic Medical Center under Richard Kehoe, M.D.
Dr. Volgman has published numerous abstracts and articles in multiple topics of women and heart disease as well as cardiac electrophysiology. She is currently president of the Metro Chicago Board of Directors of the AHA. She has been a prominent leader of the Go Red for Women movement and has received numerous awards from the American Heart Association. She has been listed in several lists of top doctors and was named a top doctor in the January 2008 issue of “Chicago Magazine.” She has been interviewed by numerous media about health issues and was featured in “O” magazine as Oprah Winfrey’s cardiologist.
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