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Risks of untreated sleep apnoea
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Sleep apnoea risks

Sleep apnoea is associated with, and can even cause, various health risks that have the potential for serious consequences. A study of sleep apnoea over the past 20 years has shown that people with moderate to severe sleep apnoea run an increased risk of stroke and death.1

Untreated sleep apnoea ultimately takes a toll on quality of life and mental well-being, often leading to symptoms of depression.1

In some cases, untreated sleep apnoea can also affect your appearance, work and safety.

Sleep apnoea and your heart

ResMed details how heart disease and sleep apnoea can coexist. While sleep apnoea can develop as a result of heart disease, it can also accelerate the progression of cardiovascular disease.

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Sleep apnoea and your weight

Obesity is the primary cause behind sleep apnoea in adults. Untreated sleep apnoea can also lead to further weight gain, contributing to a vicious cycle.

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Sleep apnoea and diabetes

ResMed details risk factors/causes of diabetes and sleep apnoea. The two diseases can eventually lead to other serious health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.

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Sleep apnoea and your lungs

Sleep apnoea and Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often coexist in sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) patients. Learn more about the relationship linking COPD to sleep apnoea.

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Sleep apnoea and appearance

When left untreated, sleep apnoea can take a toll on your appearance. Learn how ResMed treatment can improve your appearance, reducing puffiness, redness and wrinkles.

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Sleep apnoea and work

People suffering from sleep apnoea often have poor concentration, daytime sleepiness and fatigue. All these symptoms can negatively impact work productivity.

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Sleep apnoea and the risk of road accidents

Patients with sleep apnoea experience fatigue, daytime drowsiness and a reduced level of alertness, all of which increase their risk of falling asleep at the wheel.

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