There are many reasons why obstructive sleep apnea should not go untreated, but there’s one in particular that we need to talk about: your heart. Untreated sleep apnea can have a significant, and tremendously negative, impact on your heart health. According the the National Sleep Foundation, “People with cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure, heart failure, and stroke have a high prevalence of sleep apnea.” (see the rest of the article here.)
When you take a look at the effect that sleep apnea has on our cardiovascular and respiratory systems, it’s easy to understand why it can be so taxing on our heart. In the video below, I explain why untreated sleep apnea can be so dangerous:
The numbers speak for themselves. According to www.alaskasleep.com, “A study by the National Sleep Foundation found that men with severe OSA were 58% more likely to develop new congestive heart failure than men without sleep apnea. They also found that men aged 40-70 with an apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) of 30 or higher were 68% more likely to develop coronary heart disease than those with lower AHIs.” (read the article here.)
If you suspect you have sleep apnea, or you’ve been diagnosed and are struggling with CPAP for treatment, get more information by visiting our website at www.sleeptreatmentsolutions.com. Don’t let sleep apnea go untreated, get help today! You can also click here to find a provider near you!