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.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

What Snoring Could Say about Your Blood Pressure

The only time most healthy people receive a blood pressure reading is at their yearly checkup at the doctor's office. But snoring and other breathing problems during sleep can be a symptom of a very serious medical condition: sleep apnea. If you are snoring at night, it’s important to contact a sleep doctor to begin receiving diagnosis and treatment.

You might not even be aware that you’re snoring until your significant other or housemate in an adjoining room complains about the noise. Loud snoring is an indication that your airway is being obstructed during sleep.

While occasional snoring is normal and non-harmful, snoring every night could be one of the earliest indicators that you’re suffering from sleep apnea, a condition where breathing becomes interrupted during sleep. One of the many serious symptoms of sleep apnea is diminished oxygen content in the blood, which can increase the risk of high blood pressure.

High blood pressure, medically known as hypertension, is another serious medical condition that makes the heart work harder to pump blood throughout the body. High blood pressure can be asymptomatic in its early stages, making it hard for patients with the disorder to know when to seek treatment. However, regular appointments with your doctor can help track your blood pressure so it doesn’t reach critical levels.

Early detection might reduce your risk of potentially serious complications such as:
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Diminished kidney function
  • Damage to blood vessels in the eyes
  • Cognitive impairment affecting memory and learning abilities.
If you’re snoring at night, please contact a sleep doctor in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today to schedule a blood pressure evaluation and learn about steps for treating sleep apnea.

posted by Admin at 12:08 AM