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What You Need to Know About Sleep Apnea & Heart Disease

What You Need to Know About Sleep Apnea & Heart Disease

Sleep apnea is becoming more well-known across the United States. This causes your breathing to repeatedly stop and start while sleeping. Once diagnosed by a professional, you will want to get a CPAP/BiPAP so you can begin treatment. Since its Heart Health Month, we thought we’d share some information about sleep apnea and heart disease. Keep reading to learn some interesting facts! 

Sleep apnea is nothing to ignore. If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause many health issues such as: 

  • Stroke 
  • Heart failure 
  • Type 2 diabetes 
  • High blood pressure 
  • Headaches 
  • Depression 
  • Liver problems 
About 30% of people with coronary artery disease have obstructive sleep apnea. 

Using a CPAP/BiPAP may help reduce the risks of coronary artery disease. There are plenty of mask types available to help you find the perfect fit, so you can be comfortable and stay compliant with use. This can include a full face mask or nasal mask

About 50% of people who suffer from congestive heart failure have obstructive sleep apnea. 

Harvard Health states, “In sleep apnea, the airway often collapses, blocking airflow. The person awakens hundreds of times a night gasping for air. The body releases a stress hormone which, over time, may raise blood pressure and contribute to heart problems.” This is why a PAP device is so important, as it brings a steady flow of oxygen to your lungs so your breathing does not stop. 

One in five adults suffers from some degree of sleep apnea. 

Sleep apnea is very common, so it’s nothing to be afraid of. As long as you stay compliant with your therapy, you’ll begin to see good changes in your health and sleep patterns. CarePro offers numerous PAP machine options to help you find the perfect match for your needs. 

Sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure. 

Harvard Health states, “When you stop breathing, your oxygen level drops. The body responds by releasing epinephrine (also called adrenaline), a stress hormone. When this happens over and over, adrenaline levels remain high. This can lead to high blood pressure.” Not only can high blood pressure occur, but thickening of the heart walls and a stiffening of the heart can happen as well. These changes increase the risk of heart arrhythmias and compromise the heart’s ability to function efficiently. 

CPAP or BiPAP therapy may help decrease your risk of heart disease as shown above. To learn more about our CPAP/BiPAP products or to replace your current supplies, visit our site. We’re happy to help your heart health in any way we can!