Insomnia, Snoring, Sleep Apnea

The world and life of a sleep tech

Can you reverse heart disease?

Posted by amykr on February 12, 2009

Many of us have developed high blood pressure, enlarged hearts and heart failure. The one thing that these all have in common is that they can be improved if they have sleep apnea and it is treated. Each time a patient either stops breathing or has their airway partially obstructed it causes an increase in pressure in their chest. This also puts pressure on the chest. The results are obvious especially if you take your blood pressure in the morning. You wake with higher blood pressure, headaches, a fuzzy head and being as tired as when you went to bed.

Treating the sleep apnea takes the pressure off the body. You also get the benefit of your body truly being able to sleep and go through all the stages. The result is that enlarged hearts tend to decrease in size, blood pressure is reduced, and an overall feeling of energy and focus.

The best thing you can do is talk to your doctor if you have any symptoms of sleep apnea. Snoring (and yes woman you snore too) waking up frequently at night, restlessness, morning headaches, and fatigue all day. They can order a simple, painless study to find out how best to treat you. But it all starts with a conversation. Remember you are in charge of your health and the better educated you are the better your care will be.

http://www.aasmnet.org/jcsm/AcceptedPapers/1267.pdf

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