Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Study Says Snoring Alone Not Linked to Heart Disease, but is a Warning Sign of Sleep Apnea

Much has been made about a recent Australian study that indicates snoring—independent of sleep apnea—does not increase an individual’s chance for developing heart disease, which is considered one of the major risk factors of those who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

They key phrase to remember when considering this study is “independent of sleep apnea.” Although snoring is among the most common symptoms of sleep apnea, those who snore regularly do not always have sleep apnea.

Prior to the study conducted via Australia’s Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, research indicated that chronic snoring was linked with sleep apnea and, thus, an increased risk of health problems including heart disease and stroke. While those with OSA do face a heightened risk of cardiovascular problems, previous studies had never focused directly on whether snoring alone—minus diagnosed sleep apnea—was a risk factor for heart problems.

The Australian study focused on 380 men and women and found that snoring alone did not contribute in an increased rate of cardiovascular disease. That said, if you or a loved one snores regularly, it’s advisable to undergo testing for sleep apnea, which can heighten your risk for cardiovascular disease and other health problems.

Treatment for sleep apnea continues to improve, and today there are a number of comfortable and effective options available through the field of dental sleep medicine.

If you would like to learn more about sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment, please contact IHateCPAP.com to locate a qualified sleep dentist near you.

posted by Anonymous at 3:18 PM