Sleep Apnea Treatment
Lowers High Blood Pressure - Link Between Heart Disease Found in Half of
Patients - Combined Therapies Best
June 7th 2006
There is a link between sleep apnea and heart disease. It has been
recommended that people with heart disease get tested for sleep apnea
and combine treatments if it is discovered that they have the sleeping
disorder. In a study presented at the American Thoracic Society
International Conference on May 22nd, researchers will
present evidence that using a Constant Positive Air Pressure (CPAP)
machine can “significantly” reduce blood pressure.
Dr. Daniel Norman says “Sleep apnea can have significant consequences on
a person's physical health, and this study shows once again that
treatment may lessen those risks." Norman is lead researcher and Fellow
in Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of California San Diego
Sleep apnea is a condition where sleepers continually awaken during the
night because the upper airway narrows, or collapses during sleep.
Since it occurs during sleep, people are unaware it is happening.