The Risks of Snoring – Don’t Ignore It

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You may just see it just a bedtime discomfort but the risks of snoring is bigger than you might think.

Infographic on why you should never ignore someone who snores.

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Snoring is more than a bedtime annoyance and it shouldn’t be ignored. Patients need to seek treatment in the same way they would if they had sleep apnea, high blood pressure or other risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Instead of kicking your snoring bed partner out of the room, seek out medical treatment for the snorer.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) causes pauses inbreathing during sleep and is a life threatening condition. One of the symptoms is heavy Snoring. Other cardiovascular diseases may actually begin with snoring.

OSA Affects more than 15% of the population and causes daytime sleepiness and associated injuries like a motorcycle accident.

Heavy snoring was significantly associated with carotid atherosclerosis which may progress to be associated with stroke.

In a study of 110 adults, the prevalence of carotid atherosclerosis was 20 percent with mild snoring, 32 percent with moderate snoring and 64 percent with heavy snoring. Atherosclerosis, or “hardening of the arteries,” is a vascular disease (disease of the arteries and veins). Carotid artery disease is similar to coronary artery disease, in which blockages occur in the arteries of the heart, and may cause a heart attack.

According to a large study published in the February 2000 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, women who snore regularly have about twice the risk of heart attacks and strokes than women who never snore.

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Last Updated: October 29, 2013


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