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Heart Problems and Sleep Apnea


Doctors have stressed for years about the little known connection between heart failure and sleep apnea. Both of these medical conditions are extremely dangerous on their own, but too few patients realize they can actually contribute to each other. Sleep apnea, however, often goes undiagnosed, as an estimated 2% to 4% of all Americans have undiagnosed cases of sleep apnea. This accounts for roughly one in 50 people living with undiagnosed apnea, which could eventually lead to serious heart issues.

And according to a recent article in Philly.com, sleep apnea machines might actually be able to prevent some of these heart problems, and improve a person's sleep habits as well.

"It is very quickly crystallizing in our brains that this is a missed opportunity," said Sunsil Sharma, a sleep medicine specialist at Einstein Medical Center.

Sharma is referring to the fact that heart patients with identifiable sleep apnea were just as likely to stick with a medical treatment plan as those who were diagnosed with sleep apnea on an outpatient basis. Essentially, doctors are realizing that patients who come into hospitals with heart health problems should be prime candidates for sleep apnea tests.

"The hospital is a great place for screening," she added.

Sleep apnea causes a person to consistently stop breathing during the night once they are relaxed. Their muscles stop supporting the airway in their lungs, which deprives their body of oxygen and makes it difficult to fall into a deep, restful sleep. Over the years, it can also contribute to serious health problems like heart disease.

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine described how 132 sleep apnea patients were identified through a two-step process of screening. During the process, each patient was asked a series of questions about various symptoms of sleep issues. After the questionnaire, each patient was given an oxygen level measurement test at night.

A total of 81 patents agreed to try CPAP masks and other sleep apnea machines. After six months of sleep apnea machine treatment, the number of patients with issues dropped to only 37, and after a year of treatment it was down to just 27%.

The study shows that those who are willing to try and use CPAP machines to prevent heart issues and improve their sleep habits have a much better chance than those who aren't getting screened at all.

"If you're not motivated, it's not going to help," Sharma added.

If you are struggling with this sleep disorder and looking for cheap sleep apnea devices, contact 1800CPAP today. We have a variety of discount CPAP machines and supplies for you to discover.