Health Risks Associated with Sleep Apnoea

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Sleep apnoea can be a serious life-threatening condition. Recent research shows that snoring and sleep apnoea are associated with several serious comorbidities.

Left untreated, it is a contributing risk factor to Obesity, Diabetes, Hypertension, Stroke, Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and Depression.

      • More than 35% of people with sleep apnoea suffer from high blood pressure, increasing their risk of heart disease.1
      • Significantly, 83% of people who continue to suffer from high blood pressure despite taking three or more drugs, also have sleep apnoea.2
      • Almost 70% of people who have had a stroke have sleep apnoea.3
      • A person with sleep apnoea is seven times more likely to have a car accident.4

Treating sleep apnoea can ease the severity of these problems, as well as improve a person's overall quality of life.

OSA treatment has been shown to lower blood pressure in hypertensive patients and to improve glucose control in diabetics.

Effectively treated patients will have a noticeable increase in their energy levels during the day.

The message is simple - if you have sleep apnoea, you need to get treated!

 

 

References

  1. Worsnop et al. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 1998
  2. Logan et al. J. Hypertension. 2001
  3. Bassetti et al. Sleep. 1999
  4. Young T, Blustein J, et al. Sleep. 1997