We hope all of you are enjoying our winter bliss and taking care of you and your loved ones. In doing so, remember to evaluate sleep and snoring concerns for everyone you treasure.
The dangers of sleep apnoea remain alarming, as medical links to other health issues are continuously presented. In this newsletter you’ll learn how sleep apnoea may increase the risk of silent strokes and lesions in the brain. Thus, medical researchers are suggesting that sleep apnoea be treated the same as other vascular risk factors, such as high blood pressure.
Many of our patients complain of partners who snore. What does snoring tell us? Snoring is no longer regarded as merely inconvenient for a bed partner.
It can be a sign of something much greater, such as the life threatening disease of untreated sleep apnoea. In addition, if you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnoea already and are intolerant of the CPAP, we can help!! Please stop by our office or call us immediately so we restore your night time sleep and overall health.
The Danger of Untreated Sleep Apnoea
SOURCE: Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide ‘05 Everyone agrees that the breath-stopping type of snoring known as sleep apnoea isn’t a good thing — it disrupts your nighttime rest, makes you sleepy during the daytime, boosts blood pressure, and increases the chances of developing heart trouble. Just how bad is it?
Pretty bad, according to an extended study of almost 1,500 Spanish snorers. Researchers followed the men, who had been referred to a hospital sleep clinic, with yearly checkups. All were offered the most successful treatment, called continuous positive airway pressure. It involves breathing through a face mask that delivers a stream of air into the nose. Many of the study volunteers decided not to use the device. After 10 years, the researchers tallied up how many of the men had suffered a heart attack or stroke, needed a procedure to bypass or open a clogged heart artery, or died from cardio-vascular disease. About 1 in 7 men (14%) fell into this camp.
Cardiovascular trouble was three times more likely in men with severe untreated sleep apnoea than it was in men with treated sleep apnoea. In fact, rates of heart trouble were about the same in men with treated apnoea as they were among simple snorers — who have noisy but regular breathing during sleep — and non-snorers. The results appeared in the March 19, 2005, Lancet.
A somewhat related study from the Mayo Clinic indicated that people with sleep apnoea are more likely to die suddenly from a heart rhythm problem during sleeping hours. In the general population, such sudden deaths are most common in the few hours after waking.
Sleep Apnoea Ups Risk of Silent Strokes and Brain Lesions
SOURCE: American Heart Association, February, 2012 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Here’s an eye-opener for those suffering from severe sleep apnoea. It may increase your risk of silent strokes and lesions in the brain.
People with sleep apnoea often experience a lack of oxygen reaching the brain, as well as other parts of the body. Strokes occur when blood—supplied by oxygen—doesn’t flow properly to the brain. “We found a surprisingly high frequency of sleep apnoea in patients with stroke that underlines its clinical relevance as a stroke risk factor," said Jessica Kepplinger, M.D., the study's lead researcher and stroke fellow in the Dresden University Stroke Center's Department of Neurology at the University of Technology in Dresden, Germany.
Patients for this study underwent overnight in-hospital testing for sleep apnoea. The participants were white with an average age of 67 and 54 percent of them were women. Magnetic resonance imaging and computerized tomography was used to determine silent strokes and white matter lesions within the volunteers. Kepplinger and her colleagues found that ninety-one percent (51 of 56) of the patients who had a stroke had sleep apnoea and were more likely to have silent strokes and white matter lesions that increased their risk of disability at hospital discharge. They also discovered more than one-third of the patients with white matter lesions had severe sleep apnoea and more than 50 percent of the silent stroke patients had sleep apnoea. Even though men were more likely to have silent infarctions, correlations between sleep apnoea and silent infarcts remained the same after adjustment for such gender differences.
Researchers suggested that sleep apnoea should be treated the same as other vascular risk factors such as high blood pressure. Kepplinger and her team plan to do more studies on sleep apnoea, particularly in high-risk patients with silent strokes and white matter lesions, to determine the impact of non-invasive ventilation and on short-term clinical outcome.
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