• A population study in Brazil revealed that 92 percent of patients with severe sleep apnea had abnormal heart rhythms at night compared with 53 percent of people without sleep apnea. (1)
• Research published in the journal Sleep showed that people with severe untreated sleep apnea had physical changes in the brain accompanied by problems thinking as well as changes in mood and reduced daytime alertness. This damage to the brain was almost completely reversed in people who used CPAP therapy for a year. (1)
CPAP therapy begun prior to surgery has also been shown to reduce postoperative heart problems including cardiac arrest and shock by more than half. (1)
If your sleep partner tells you that you stop breathing or seem to choke while sleeping, or if you have questions about obstructive sleep apnea and available treatments, talk to your health care professional.
1) American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Rising prevalence of sleep apnea in U.S. threatens public health. Web. October 6, 2014.
2) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. What Is Sleep Apnea? Web. October 6, 2014.
3) Mayo Clinic. Sleep apnea. Web. October 6, 2014.
4) Science Daily. Osteoporosis risk heightened among sleep apnea patients. Web. October 6, 2014.
5) Science Daily. People with sleep apnea may be at higher risk of pneumonia. Web. October 6, 2014. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140303140103.htm
6) Severity of sleep apnea impacts risk of resistant high blood pressure. Web. October 6, 2014.
Reviewed October 7, 2014
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith