Our expert says:
We can be very sure that there is no damage to your heart and it is simply doing what your body is telling it to do. At the age of only 23 your short to medium term risk of heart disease is very low. However your long term risk is high, and your priority as far as your heart is concerned should be to look after it!
You have a family history of premature heart disease and you do NOT want the same thing yourself. It sounds like your lifestyle until now has been very heart un-friendly and I would do everrything possible to change that. "If you could see your heart, would you not look after it better...?"
Your urgent priority should be to lose weight, which should take care of the sleep problem as well as have huge benefits for your heart and general health. I would suggest go and see a good female general practitioner or physician and get help and advice. These things are NOT easy to do on one's own and you will benefit from support from a sympathetic knowledgeable doctor.
Remember the hardest - and most important - step on any journey is the first one. Once you make a start, the rest is easier.
Hope that helps, and good luck!
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