Hypertension and Sleep Apnoea

Clinical research indicates that untreated sleep apnoea contributes towards the risk of high blood pressure. Studies show that about 30% of all people with high blood pressure have sleep apnoea1. That number increases to 80% for people taking three or more medications to control their blood pressure2.

If you are hypertensive and have sleep apnoea, starting CPAP treatment may help you lower your blood pressure significantly and subsequently improve the overall health of your heart.

Many people can suffer from hypertension for many years without being successfully treated. The fact remains that OSA awareness remains relatively low. As such, it is important for both patients and healthcare workers alike to ensure you have a conversation if you feel Sleep Apnoea may be the underlying cause of the high blood pressure.

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References:

  1. Sjostrom et al, 2002
  2. Logan et al, 2001