Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Danger of Having Sleep Apnea

Posted by Cecile at Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Heart Disease and Sleep Apnea

People diagnosed with OSA tend to have a higher rate of heart related problems compared to the general public. It is believed that the stress that OSA places on the body, combined with a lack of oxygen, increases blood pressure, which in turn has other negative effects on your cardiovascular health. Approximately 50 percent of those diagnosed with OSA also have high blood pressure, compared to 25 percent of the general population that has high blood pressure. Here is a list of some cardiovascular health issues related to OSA.

High blood pressure (hypertension)
Heart failure (congestive heart failure)
Coronary artery disease (atherosclerosis)
Atrial fibrillation (arrhythmias)
Here is a list of recommended articles or resources to learn more about OSA and heart disease:
Sleep Apnea: Can It Cause Heart Disease?
Research Articles on OSA and Cardiovascular Health
Watch Video Clips about OSA and Atrial Fibrillation
Clinical References on OSA and Heart Health

Diabetes and Sleep Apnea

Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome have both been linked with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Studies indicate that up to 50 percent of those living with diabetes may also have Sleep Apnea. Recently, manufacturers of CPAP equipment have been bringing more awareness to the medical community about the link between OSA and diabetes, in hopes that both diseases might be diagnosed at the same time.
Read WebMD Article on Diabetes and OSA
Read Article about ResMed and Diabetes Link to OSA

I used to have sleep apnea before, and that was when I was pregnant with my son; whether I like it or not that time, I need to use CPAP machine for the sake of me and especially the baby. After I gave birth, still used it for few months before finally my apnea is gone. My hubby on the other hand, still use CPAP becuase he needs it. I tell you, it can be very dangerous when you have this kind of disease. We need to really take care of our health to avoid this disease or we will suffer the complications listed above.


faye said...

hello ate ces
honestly i dont have idea what is apnea? sorry for that question.
passingby here ate ces have a nice day--

PJ said...

my mom was just diagnosed with sleep apnea. they are going to do the overnight test in february when she reaches the age to qualify for medicare.

Cecile n' Matt said...

sleep apnea, faye is when you stop breathing while sleeping without you knowing it, you also snore and and is gasping for air, cpap machine is blowing air inside your nose so you can breath well.

Cecile n' Matt said...

pj, did that test before, too when i was pregnant.


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