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, May 29, 2013

Researchers Hone in on Asthma as Obstructive Sleep Apnea Risk Factor

According to new research, asthma may be an identifying risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a potentially deadly sleep disorder that affects tens of millions of Americans of all ages.

University of Wisconsin researchers have been reviewing data from the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study, which has followed about 1,500 participants since 1988. They found that patients with asthma were nearly twice as likely to have developed sleep apnea during the eight-year follow-up review; the number was even higher among those who developed asthma as children.

While previous studies have shown that OSA is more common among people with asthma, no other research had focused the progression of the potential relationship between sleep apnea and asthma. The University of Wisconsin of Wisconsin study indicates that the duration of asthma also impacted individual chances for developing sleep apnea.

Although research has not yet established the precise link between asthma and obstructive sleep apnea, the study is ongoing and the association between asthma and sleep apnea provides another diagnostic tool. Other known risk factors of obstructive sleep apnea include:

  • Obesity
  • Narrow airway
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of sleep apnea

If you or a family member suffers from nightly snoring and other symptoms of sleep apnea, it’s important to schedule an appointment with a knowledgeable doctor. If not treated, obstructive sleep apnea can increase your risk for heart attack, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmia and stroke among other problems.

Please contact I Hate CPAP today to get answers to your sleep apnea questions and to locate a qualified physician near you.

posted by Steve at 1:34 PM