For some folks that sound is repeated dozens of times every night. It’s a sign that you suffer from sleep apnea.
And as innocent as it may seem, it COULD be deadly.
Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is the most common form of sleep apnea. The condition causes you to stop breathing for brief periods throughout the night.
OSA happens when your throat muscles periodically relax and block your airway while you’re sleeping. And many folks aren’t even aware they have it until a spouse tells them.
We’ve known for some time that obstructive sleep apnea can have major health consequences. Many folks with OSA develop high blood pressure, for example.
And in folks with more severe cases, it could raise the risk for coronary artery disease, heart failure, heart attack, and stroke.
But now new research has revealed a way to identify HOW severe your risk for these dangerous… and sometimes deadly… side effects might be.
And according to a new study there’s one tell-tale sign has been linked to a skyrocketing risk for heart complications.
Sleep apnea linked to SOARING heart risks
Over several studies, researchers were able to come up with four subcategories for people with OSA.
Based on the symptoms folks reported they are…
- disturbed sleep
- minimally symptomatic
- moderately sleepy during the day
- excessively sleepy during the day
And that’s where the new study starts. The researchers wanted to find out if people’s risks were different based on their subtypes.
And oh boy were they ever. In fact, one subtype, in particular, is associated with SOARING heart risks.
Heart attack and stroke risk skyrocket
For the new study, researchers poured through the data from over 1,200 participants in the Sleep Heart Health Study.
Every volunteer was at least 40 years old at the start of the study. All were followed for nearly 12 years. And they had moderate to severe OSA with at least 15 episodes of apnea every hour.
Each volunteer reported on their symptoms, many of which might sound familiar to you if you’re battling sleep apnea. They included trouble falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, snoring, fatigue, drowsy driving, and daytime sleepiness.
And it turns out folks who reported being excessively sleepy during the day faced some SERIOUS heart consequences.
- OVER 3 times as likely to be diagnosed with heart failure
- nearly TWICE as likely to have a heart event such as a heart attack or stroke
- the only group to have higher heart disease rates than folks without OSA at enrollment
- MORE likely to have had a new or reoccurring heart event during the follow up period
And that could be good or bad news if you’re battling obstructive sleep apnea.
If you often find yourself very sleepy during the day, your heart may be at risk. So it’s a good idea to have a serious talk with your doctor about your risks, and what you can do to protect your heart.
But if you find yourself in one of the OTHER three subtypes, the good news is your heart is more likely to not have been heavily affected by the sleep apnea…. YET.
Either way, I have MORE good news. Obstructive sleep apnea is often reversible with just a little weight loss.
In fact, studies show losing as little as 10 pounds can slash symptoms… and in some cases even cure the condition. And the easiest way to do that? Cut out added sugars and cut WAY back on carbs.
You’ll sleep better, breathe better, and your heart risk will plunge. Plus, your spouse will sleep better too.
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