Are Sleep Apnea and Coronary Heart Disease Linked?

While study upon study continues to show just how detrimental untreated sleep apnea can be to a sleep apneics’ general health, a recent research has brought sleep apnea into a new light. Conducted by doctors at a Brazilian university, the study discovered that a patient’s apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) is a dependable method of determining the likelihood of being diagnosed with coronary artery disease. A patient’s AHI is commonly tested to diagnose sleep apnea, but rarely are such numbers used in diagnosing other health conditions.

The study, which focused on non-smoking, non-obese, and non-diabetic subjects, determine that AHI is a very important predictor of a person’s likelihood of suffering from coronary artery disease. Patients who unknowingly suffer from sleep apnea and neglect treatment are often at the highest risk of suffering from coronary heart disease along with other cardiovascular health problems. The same study also determined that patients with severe levels of sleep apnea are also at an extremely high risk of having coronary heart disease. The study also suggests that a patient’s AHI measurements should be used for diagnosing and determining his or her likelihood of suffering from coronary heart disease.

Sleep Apnea Is A Serious Health Condition

Sleep apnea has and continues to be linked to a variety of health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, dementia, and many others.

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, treatment is the next step to a healthier life. Dr. Roubal offers a variety of sleep apnea treatments including the highly advanced DNA Appliance. To learn more about the treatments available to you, email or call our office today for a consultation.