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March 20, 2010 at 1:10 PMComments: 1 Faves: 0

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Chronic Condition Risk Factors: Part 5, Sleep Apnea

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High Blood Pressure (hypertension) Chronic Condition Risk Factors Series, Part 5

Sleep apnea

The most common symptom is snoring. Because snoring is accepted as mundane, most people don't take it seriously and never follow it up with their doctor. It becomes more frustrating when doctors aren't trained to recognize the symptoms. That's why it's important to a qualified center to have their sleep apnea properly diagnosed. Twelve Million Americans live with sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening medical condition. Common symptoms of sleep apnea include sleepiness, weight gain, reduced libido, headaches, dry mouth, loss of memory and concentrating, fatigue, nighttime urination, irritability, perspiration, heart failure, oxygen deprivation, sleep deprivation, compromised immune system, slow healing, snoring, and sore throat. Sleep apnea is most commonly found in overweight people, men, those who snore, or those aging. The older you are, the more prone you will be to sleep apnea.

Why sleep apnea can be dangerous

Sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to heart attack, heart disease, impotence, cardiovascular changes, irregular heartbeat, stroke, and death. It's estimated that 95% of those with sleep apnea haven't even been diagnosed. Ten percent of the male population in the United States are estimated to suffer with sleep apnea, compared to just 5% of the women population in the United States that are estimated to suffer with sleep apnea.

Three types of sleep apnea

There are three types of sleep apnea. They include: Central sleep apnea, which is when the brain doesn't signal the muscles in the chest to work while sleeping, results in stopped breathing. Central sleep apnea is known to cause high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, and adrenaline fluctuations. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea. Most patients breathe normally, but experience temporary blockage when the upper airway doesn't open during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is directly linked to heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke, and death. Mixed sleep apnea is the most difficult to treat. The brain fails to trigger the body to breath periodically. A collapsed airway keeps the patient from breathing.

The good news about sleep apnea

Sleep apnea can actually be reversed with weight loss, sleeping on the side, elimination of alcohol, stop smoking, elimination of sleeping pills, and a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. You don't have to live with restless nights anymore. See which of these recommendations will work for you so you can enjoy a full night's sleep again.

The good news about high blood pressure

You can improve your quality of life by sleeping through the night with normal blood pressure levels with just a few modifications.

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  • if a person that is overweight refuses to have treatment for sleep apnea and they have had this disorder for a few years now how long would it be until they had a heart attack, stroke, or death occurs?

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