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Sleep apnoea and your heart

Studies have shown that a large proportion of people with cardiovascular diseases (CVD) like high blood pressure and heart failure often have sleep apnoea.1 While sleep apnoea can develop as a result of heart disease, it may also initiate and accelerate the progression of CVD.

You may wonder: why do these two diseases coexist? Read more about the connection between sleep apnoea and your heart.

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) and your heart

ResMed explains how people with heart disease can suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. OSA associated cardiovascular diseases include hypertension, coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke.

Reference

  1. Somers VK, White DP, Amin R, et al. Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease: An American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association Council for High Blood Pressure Research Professional Education Committee, Council on Clinical Cardiology, Stroke Council, and Council on Cardiovascular Nursing In Collaboration With the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute National Center on Sleep Disorders Research (National Institutes of Health). J Am Coll Cardiol. 2008;52(8):686-717.