You may have heard that the American Heart Association (AHA) wants people to be aware of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), especially if they have heart disease or risk factors like high blood pressure. Well, I’ll tell you about it too. It is important. The AHA published a scientific statement in Circulation magazine that OSA can make symptoms of heart disease worse.
Obstructive sleep apnea is when an obstruction disturbs your breathing at night. You may have symptoms such as snoring or daytime sleepiness. In the statement, the experts say 40% to 80% of people with heart disease have OSA, but it is underestimated and under-treated.
“Obstructive sleep apnea can adversely affect patient health and increase the risk of cardiovascular events and death. This statement is intended to promote increased awareness, screening and appropriate treatment for sleep apnea, ”said Dr. Yerem Yeghiazarians, chairman of the scientific statement and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
Risk factors for OSA include high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, worsening heart failure or coronary artery disease, pulmonary hypertension, metabolic syndrome, or type 2 diabetes.
The experts also say that if you are worried about taking the time to do a sleep study, you may not have to. Depending on the severity of your condition, there are new ways to diagnose and treat obstructive sleep apnea.
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