Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease

August 13, 2013 | Sleep Apnea |
Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease

Getting a good night’s rest is just important as diet and exercise in maintaining health. Poor sleep can impact the health of the cardiovascular system. Sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea increase the risk of heart failure by 140 percent, the risk of stroke by 60 percent, and the risk of coronary heart disease by 30 percent.1 Patients with heart problems may not realize that their poor sleep habits may be harmful.

How Does Sleep Apnea Lead to Heart Failure?

The sporadic gaps in nighttime respiration caused by obstructive sleep apnea over time can put stress on the cardiovascular system. This continued stress increases the risk of heart failure, especially for someone with already compromised heart health. Untreated sleep apnea increases the risk of heart arrhythmias. These abnormal heart rhythms affect circulation and heart performance. It’s estimated that patients with sleep apnea are 2-4 four times more likely to develop heart arrhythmias than people without this condition.

Heart Diseases Due to Obesity Resulting from Sleep Apnea

Obesity is another factor affecting both heart health and sleep health. Being overweight increases the risk for many heart problems as well as the risk of sleep apnea. This combined heart and sleep problem can increase risk factors for many health issues. Obese patients are further compromising their overall health as their weight can lead to diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol levels as well as impacting their sleep, which worsens cardiovascular health.

Sleep Deprivation and Heart Failure

Sleep apnea like so many other sleep disorders interrupt healthy sleep or prevent it altogether. Consistent sleep deprivation begins to affect the heart without offering clear signs of damage. The body and the heart need to receive the proper re-energizing that a good night’s sleep provides. Without that recovery time, the heart works harder than ever to do its job. This stress on the heart can lead to stroke and heart attacks.

Sleep Apnea Affects Cardiovascular Disease

Many patients with and out without heart problems may not realize that their consistent sleep loss is impacting their heart health. Continued stress on the heart from lost sleep can affect patients who are struggling to manage an existing heart condition. Good exercise and dietary habits help. But if they are losing healthy sleep, then their heart and cardiovascular system are at risk. Knowing more about sleep apnea and if you have it, is the first step toward taking action to improve your sleep and heart health.

How to Treat Sleep Apnea to Reduce the Risk of Heart Failure  

Addressing a sleep apnea problem begins with a diagnosis. Knowing you have sleep apnea means you can begin treatment using CPAP therapy. Using a CPAP machine, you can begin preventing the disruptive patterns of breathing that occur during sleep. Pressurized air from a CPAP machine keeps the airway open while you sleep so that respiration is normal and healthy. In the long term, better sleep can help improve heart health and reduce your heart failure risk.

Where Can I Buy a CPAP Machine for Sleep Apnea Treatment?

You can find CPAP machines for managing obstructive sleep apnea at The CPAP Shop. We offer a wide variety of products to help improve sleep health. Visit us online to select a CPAP machine that fits your needs. Our knowledgeable staff is here it help you learn more about healthy sleep and how a CPAP machine can make a difference. You can call us at 866-414-9700.

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  1. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease: Role of the Metabolic Syndrome and Its Components.

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Chris Vasta


Chris Vasta

Over a 10+ year career at PHH Mortgage managing a $100 million portfolio, Chris Vasta learned the ins and outs of the business world. He learned how to establish business relationships, lead a multi-prong team, and implement strategies for long-term growth. In 2007, Vasta used that experience to transition his role into president of The CPAP Shop. Over his tenure, Vasta has been involved in everything from website design to warehouse layout. His hands-on approach with customers has evolved into an in-depth understanding of the challenges of beginning and adhering to sleep therapy. He often provides his insights on product…

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    • Chris Vasta

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