Studies have shown that if you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night’s sleep, you may be at an increased risk of stroke.
Hundreds of millions of people worldwide suffer from sleep apnea. It is a disorder with symptoms such as stopping and starting to breathe, snorting, waking up repeatedly, and loud snoring. Many people have this condition but are undiagnosed.
This condition is already known to increase the risk of serious health problems such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and depression. Now US researchers have found more evidence of its effects on the heart.
Sleep apnea significantly increases the risk of atrial fibrillation and stroke.
The findings will be discussed by doctors at the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology, the world’s largest cardiology society, this weekend.
Two studies involving experts from Stanford University looked at about 1.7 million people between the ages of 20 and 50 over 10 years. People with sleep apnea were found to be five times more likely to develop atrial fibrillation and 60% more likely to experience a stroke later in life.
Sanjiv Narayan, professor of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford University and author of the study, said:
“Sleep apnea is a very common condition, yet we tend to ignore it because we consider it trivial or even slightly annoying. No one actually showed.
“That really took us by surprise. And this applies to younger people as well. People thought that if they had a stroke, it would be devastating for young families.” It can take them out of the workplace, it will destroy their lives for the next 40 years.”
Sleep apnea occurs when the airways become too narrow during sleep. This prevents proper breathing. The cause is not entirely clear, but factors such as obesity, a large neck, smoking, drinking alcohol, and sleeping on one’s back are thought to be involved.
Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition that causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate.
Your resting heart rate should be constant and between 60 and 100 beats per minute.
“If you can’t breathe, the pressure in your lungs builds up, and you eventually wake up breathless,” Narayan said.
“This puts a pressure load on the heart, dilating the chambers and can cause atrial fibrillation. Another theory is that oxygen levels in the blood drop for tens of seconds, which can stress the heart.” It’s about having sex.”
Sleep apnea may be treated with lifestyle changes such as losing weight, quitting smoking, and drinking less. However, many people have to use a device called a CPAP machine.