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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Could your sleep be hurting your heart?

For many, snoring is not just an annoying habit that drives your loved ones crazy, it is a symptom of sleep apnea. Other signs of sleep apnea include sleepiness during the day and headaches in the morning.

Sleep apnea is a serious breathing issue.

This condition has be shown to seriously impact the heart. Studies have shown that sleep apnea is linked to hypertension, abnormal heart rhtyhms, heart attacks, heart failure and death. 

Continuous positive airway pressure machine (CPAP) is an effective treatment. CPAP can greatly reduced the frequency and severity of apneic episodes. Two recent studies have shown that using a CPAP can reduce the development of high blood pressure and actually reduce the risk of developing a heart attack. Patients who use CPAP also feel much better during the day with much more energy and less headaches. 

If you or your loved one is a chronic snorer, I suggest you talk to your physician

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