The Risks of Sleep Apnea
You know Sleep Apnea is affecting your life, but do you know what it is doing to your health?
Sleep Apnea not only affects your life – as with headaches, poor concentration, forgetfulness and sexual dysfunction – it also impacts your health. If left untreated, it may lead to serious health problems and increase the risk for:
- Motor vehicle and work related accidents – 3 times more likely to be involved in an automobile accident.
- Type II diabetes – nearly 40% of those suffering from Sleep Apnea also have type II diabetes.
- High blood pressure (hypertension) – approximately 50% of patients with Sleep Apnea have high blood pressure.
- Heart attack – 91% of patients, who suffered a heart attack during the night, had Sleep Apnea.
- Heart arrhythmia – more than 40% of patients with an irregular heartbeat had Sleep Apnea.
- Stroke – 3 to 4 times more likely to suffer a stroke; double the risk for stroke of people with diabetes or hypertension.
- Death – as a result of any one or a combination of those health risks listed above.
Simply put, Sleep Apnea can trigger potentially fatal health issues.