If you know anything about sleep apnea, you’re probably well aware that the condition causes a variety of symptoms such as snoring, restlessness, fatigue, daytime drowsiness, a lack of energy, and even morning headaches. Not only does sleep apnea cause a list of symptoms, the condition has also been linked to a variety of other health conditions. Patients who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea are also at a higher risk of suffering from various cardiovascular diseases, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and even dementia. Sleep apnea plays a large role in a sleep apneic’s cardiovascular health, especially when considering each patient’s apnea-hypopnea index (AHI), which measures a patient’s apneas and hypopneas compared to their overall amount of sleep. These measurements are used to determine a patient’s sleep apnea severity.
Most recently, the AHI level has been proven to determine a patient’s likelihood of suffering from coronary artery disease (CAR). Since sleep apnea is widely linked to cardiovascular health problems, it is no surprise that AHI levels can be used to predict whether CAR is present or may become present in certain patients. The study was conducted on non-smoking, non-obese, and non-diabetic participants that each had their AHI levels measured through a sleep study. Patients with higher AHI measurements were at the highest chance of suffering from sleep apnea.
As more studies are conducted on a variety of research participants, it has become obvious that sleep apnea not only negatively impacts the body’s sleeping patterns but it also plays a large role in how healthy the rest of the body is, especially looking at the cardiovascular system.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, don’t wait any longer to find sleep apnea treatment. Proper sleep apnea treatment means that your sleep disorder will be under control and you won’t have to worry about periods of non-breathing (basically suffocation) while you sleep. To get started with sleep apnea treatment, contact Dr. Berry online or call (303) 691-0267 today.