Risks of Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea and Related Co-morbidities
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.