Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a chronic disease that afflicts nearly 30 million men and women in the U.S., and most remain untreated. Sleep apnea involves the repeated collapse of the upper airway during sleep. It puts an enormous strain on your heart by repeatedly causing oxygen levels to drop and blood pressure to surge as you sleep.
Untreated, severe sleep apnea increases your risk of developing heart problems, and it more than doubles your risk of dying from heart disease.
Sleep apnea hurts HEARTS by increasing the risk of: H
- heart failure E
- elevated blood pressure A
- atrial fibrillation (A-fib) R
- resistant hypertension T
- Type 2 diabetes S
The good news is that the effective treatment of sleep apnea is good for your sleep and your heart! Treatment with CPAP therapy improves your overall health and lowers your risk of heart problems.
Watch out for these common warning signs for sleep apnea:
- silent breathing pauses
- gasping or choking
- daytime sleepiness or fatigue
Be aware of these risk factors for sleep apnea:
- obesity (BMI of 30+)
- narrow airway
- large neck, tongue or tonsils
- recessed jaw
Talk to your doctor about your risk for sleep apnea. Your doctor may refer you to a board-certified sleep medicine physician at an accredited sleep center for help.
Guard your heart and avoid being #SnoredToDeath - get help for sleep apnea today!