Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Are Sleep Apnea Sufferers More Susceptible to Heart Disease?

Anyone who has dealt with sleep apnea knows just how deep of a toll it can take on the body. It causes you to lose sleep, making you tired, and all while reducing one’s restfulness in the process. Over time, this can lead to added stress and a deeper level of misunderstanding as to what’s actually taking place within your body. 

With the results of a recent study, however, there might be far more taking place beneath the surface. According to the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, it also makes you more susceptible to cardiac arrest. Due to the continued stress sleep apnea can cause, folks reach a higher level of potential heart damage. Specifically, high blood pressure, stroke, and even heart failure. 

The study also shows the main correlation between the two conditions comes directly from the lack of sleep. Paired with stress, and the two side effects only continue to feed off one another, only worsening their effects. In contrast, regular rest and a stress-free environment leads to better heart health overall. Factors that work to lengthen its lifespan on a daily basis.  

If you’re concerned about your chances at heart disease from sleep apnea, schedule a time to talk to your doctor. Or read up on the study to learn just how much you could be affected. It’s also a good idea to talk to your sleep specialist or sleep apnea doctor to ensure you’re taking the best steps possible to keep your symptoms at bay. By working to eliminate this disease, you can work to reduce your chances at heart disease. While gaining some much needed sleep along the way. [Montgomery Advertiser]

Get started and open up the conversation on sleep apnea to better your health and sleep practices today.