A new study from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine finds that sleep apnea (OSA) contributes to high blood pressure and makes hypertension resistant to treatment. The study, titled “Association of Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Elevated Blood Pressure Despite Antihypertensive Use,” shows that even patients who were under close care from heart specialists and who followed the national guidelines to treat cardiovascular risk still experienced uncontrolled blood pressure due to their untreated sleep apnea.
“The current findings suggest that severe OSA may contribute to poor blood pressure control despite aggressive medication use,” says sleep disorder specialist Harneet Walia, MD.
OSA, a potentially life-threatening condition in which breathing subsides for more than 10 seconds at a time during sleep, is known to cause many other health conditions besides hypertension, such as diabetes, heart failure, heart disease and cancer. When OSA goes untreated, individuals are more likely to experience chronic health issues.
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