Sleep apnoea can be a serious and life-threatening condition. Recent research shows that snoring and sleep apnoea are associated with several comorbidities.
- Left untreated, it is a contributing risk factor to obesity, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and depression.
- More than 35% of people with sleep apnoea suffer from high blood pressure, increasing their risk of heart disease.1
- Significantly, 83% of people who continue to suffer from high blood pressure despite taking three or more drugs, also have sleep apnoea.2
- Almost 70% of those who have had a stroke have sleep apnoea.3
- A person with sleep apnoea is seven times more likely to have a car accident.4
- Treating sleep apnoea can ease the severity of these problems, as well as improve a person's overall quality of life.
- OSA treatment has been shown to lower blood pressure in hypertensive patients and to improve glucose control in people with diabetes.
- Effectively treated patients will have a noticeable increase in their energy levels during the day.
The message is simple - if you have sleep apnoea, you need to get treated!
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1 Worsnop et al. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 1998
2 Logan et al. J. Hypertension. 2001
3 Bassetti et al. Sleep. 1999
4 Young T, Blustein J, et al. Sleep. 1997