Sleep Apnea and Your Heart
Sleep apnea is a common and potentially serious sleep disorder that causes oxygen deprivation and interrupted sleep that results in a number of dangerous health conditions.
The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea which is experienced by 34% of men and 17% of women. The condition is marked by the cessation of breathing when the back of the throat muscles sag and close off your airways. As a result, the brain wakes the body up to resume breathing, resulting in interrupted sleep. However, the waking up period may be so small that the person may not even remember it.
People who have severe sleep apnea may experience such episodes hundreds of times in a single night.
Unfortunately, about 80% of moderate and severe sleep apnea cases remain undiagnosed which means millions of people in the world do not even know they have this disorder.
Sleep Apnea and Its Effect on Your Heart
A person suffering from sleep apnea may experience dry mouth when waking up, daytime fatigue, chronic headaches, trouble focusing, and irritable mood — however, its effect can be much more serious.
Research has found that people with sleep apnea are more at risk of hypertension, coronary heart disease, irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), heart attack, and stroke as well as other systemic diseases like Type 2 diabetes, liver issues, and metabolic syndrome.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
If you suffer from sleep apnea, Dr. Cynthia Colson and at San Tan Oral Surgery may recommend the use of oral devices, therapies, and oral surgery to open up your airway.
If you or your partner suffers from sleep apnea, it is important that you get it treated as soon as possible. Call (480) 604-2592 to schedule an appointment with us today and discuss your options.
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