Risks of Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea and Related Co-morbidities

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Those who suffer from sleep apnea are at risk for several other health related issues. For this reason it is important to schedule a sleep study to understand the severity of your sleep apnea so you can know what treatments are available.

Sleep Apnea and Associated Risks

  • Hypertension: 30%-80% of patients with high blood pressure (hypertension) have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
  • Stroke: 65% of stroke patients have OSA. The combined effect of hypertension (high blood pressure) and narrowing of the blood vessels can lead to a stroke.

Apneas disrupt normal sleep patterns, which prevent people from having a deep and refreshing sleep. This has a negative impact upon normal night-time hormone secretion which regulates important bodily functions.

This hormone disruption can cause:

  • Massive increases in blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Weight gain
  • Cardiac effects (Atrial fibrillations, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease)

Predictors of heart attacks (myocardial infarction)

  • Overweight – 7x
  • High blood pressure – 8x
  • Smoking – 11x
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) – 23x

The health risks associated with sleep apnea negatively impact quality of life and can lead to a shortened life. Contact Dr. Walter Heidary General Dentist to schedule your sleep study today.

Learn More: How severe is my Sleep Apnea?