Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with numerous heart conditions, including heart attack, abnormal heart rhythms and congestive heart failure. Untreated sleep apnea stresses the heart because it deprives the body of oxygen and restful sleep. During an apneic event—where insufficient air flows to the lungs and organs—the body compensates with a rise in blood pressure.
Because of this, sleep apnea can have serious consequences. Research shows people with untreated sleep apnea have twice the risk of having a stroke and five times the risk of having a fatal heart attack.
Sleep Apnea can Cause or Complicate Heart Conditions:
The link between sleep apnea and heart conditions is a dangerous one:
Sleep and High Blood Pressure
Sleep and Stroke & Heart Attack:
Abnormal Heart Beat:
Treat Your Sleep Apnea to Control Your Heart Condition
Treating sleep apnea lessens the strain on the heart and can reduce blood pressure throughout the day:
If you have undiagnosed sleep apnea, you are putting yourself at risk for a heart condition. Learn how to get tested in the comfort and privacy of your own home with a NovaSom Home Sleep Test. This information is intended for consumer education. Please discuss with your provider because only he or she can order a home sleep test.