Sleep Apnea

Heart Beat: May 2016

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Sleep Apnea Concerns and Heart Surgery Options

I snore at night and am tired during the day. My doctor is concerned that I have sleep apnea. I have heard that sleep apnea can cause heart problems. Is this true? My husband recently had two stents put in his heart, but there was some conversation with his doctor about whether open heart surgery should be done instead. How does a doctor decide which procedure is best?
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CPAP Often Only Treatment Offered Sleep Apnea Patients

The primary treatment for obstructive sleep apnea remains continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. But a recent Cleveland Clinic study found that less than half of the people prescribed CPAP therapy actually followed through with the treatment. And only a third of the people who werent on CPAP therapy were referred to a sleep specialist for other treatment options.
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Cholesterol Therapy, Cardiac Rehab for Women, CPAP and Antiplatelets

Between 2005 and 2012, only about 45 percent of the U.S. patients who qualified for cholesterol-lowering therapy actually took their medications. Despite the proven effectiveness of cardiac rehabilitation, women tend to be less likely than men to follow through with a prescribed rehab program, according to a recent study sponsored by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. For a long time, (CPAP) has been the gold standard in the treatment of OSA but new research found that the use of CPAP and MADs had similar effects on blood pressure reduction in patients with OSA.
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Atrial Fibrillation Connected with Sleep-Disordered Breathing

Having a rare, but dangerous form of sleep apnea may raise your risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a Cleveland Clinic study published recently in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The sleep condition is called central sleep apnea (CSA), a related condition to the more common obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Interestingly, the presence of OSA did not predict AF in the study participants.
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If Youre Having Surgery, Learn the Heart Risks Linked to Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be a health risk even under normal circumstances. The common sleep disorder is linked to higher risks of hypertension, heart disease, abnormal heart rhythms (arrythmias) and stroke.But if you have sleep apnea and youre having surgery, the odds of developing those and other problems is even greater, says Silvia Neme-Mercante, MD, a sleep disorder specialist at Cleveland Clinic.
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Treat AFibs Risk Factors to Help Prevent Future Arrhythmias

Atrial fibrillation(Afib) is the worlds most common heart rhythm problem, but new research suggests that aggressive management of the conditions key risk factors can lead to significantly better outcomes.
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Researchers Suggest Poor Sleep Become Official Heart Risk Factor

While there is little argument that a good nights sleep is part of a healthy lifestyle, there is some debate about just how significant seven hours of sleep a night is when it comes to your heart.
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Diabetes, Hypertension Patients Should Get Sleep Apnea Checks

Evidence continues to mount supporting the importance of treating sleep problems such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), especially if you have risk factors for heart disease.
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Snoring May Sound Alarm for Arterial Disease

While snoring is often a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a known heart disease risk, snoring can also be a danger even if the snorer doesnt have OSA, a condition marked by frequent disruptions in breathing while asleep. A new study found that, especially among people who are overweight, smoke or have high cholesterol, snoring can lead to thickening or abnormalities in the carotid arteries. The study was presented at the Triological Society conference in January and has been submitted for publication in the journal The Laryngoscope.
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A Bad Nights Sleep May Trouble You and Your Heart

Its an assumption made by most: If someone is snoring, its usually a man making the noise. This correlation is one reason so many men are diagnosed with sleep apnea, yet new research shows that the disorder is more common in women than once thought-bringing to light the impact sleep apnea has on cardiovascular health for both genders.
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CPAP Adherence May Reduce Risk of New Onset Hypertension

Two recent studies highlight the importance of adhering to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy to avoid the onset of new hypertension and to help relieve current high blood pressure in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The first, reported in the May 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that CPAP therapy can help prevent new-onset hypertension. A second study, reported in the same issue of JAMA, suggests that CPAP treatment of at least four hours a night may help reduce incident hypertension and cardiovascular events. OSA is a condition in which the upper airway becomes temporarily blocked while you sleep, causing numerous pauses in breathing during the night. It is often the result of muscle and tissue in the back of the throat relaxing during the night, reducing the size of the airway and forcing the diaphragm and chest muscles to work harder to open up the airway for healthy airflow.
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