Heart Disease and OSA
Lub, dub. Lub, dub. The sounds that our heart makes when it beats normally. Like a car needs gas and oil to work without a problem, our bodies need properly oxygenated blood. And thus, we need our hearts and lungs to work in concert with one another to keep us healthy.
If there is a problem with one of these vital organs, invariably, an issue will arise with the other. Therefore, if a person’s breathing is obstructed during sleep, heart disease and heart failure can develop when the original condition is not properly diagnosed and not being treated.
It is a known fact that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) causes sufferers undeniable stress on their bodies while they struggle to breathe properly during sleep, especially the heart and circulatory system. Throughout the night, oxygen is not being distributed to their cells in order to restore and repair them. In addition, due to the low level of oxygen, the linings of the blood vessels become inflamed and damaged.
What is Heart Disease?
Heart disease is a term that includes everything from high blood pressure to heart failure to stroke. All occur quite frequently when sleep apnea is not diagnosed, and/or people are not compliant with proposed treatment. There is quite a bit of anecdotal evidence that seems to suggest that in treating sleep apnea, blood pressure will move into a normal range and serious issues with one’s heart will decrease.
A study conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston discovered that there was a connection between a person’s sleep apnea severity and early damage to the heart. Results published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine demonstrated that the more severe the sleep apnea, the higher the level of high sensitivity troponin T (predictor of heart disease and heart failure). The researchers concluded that it might be beneficial to monitor this marker in order to help patients with severe sleep apnea.
Recently a study evaluated whether or not people with congenital heart disease were at an increased risk for sleep apnea. Appearing in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the results highlighted the fact that a third of the study participants with congenital heart disease also had sleep apnea, which was statistically higher than in the general population.
It is important for those who have sleep apnea, or believe they do, not to hesitate in seeking treatment as there is more at stake than just a good night of sleep. Or if you have heart disease, find out whether or not you also have sleep apnea. Contact one of our medical concierges today at 1-855-863-4537 or schedule a consultation when it’s convenient for you.