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Obstructive apnea during sleep promotes increased blood pressure

Obstructive apnea during sleep promotes increased blood pressure

A study published in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association points out that people who suffer from apnea while sleeping have changes in blood vessels similar to those of people with high blood pressure. The investigations were based on the functional changes of the blood vessels of 108 individuals, 36 of whom were victims of moderate or severe apnea and without high blood pressure; 36 without apnea, but with high pressure and 36 without high pressure and without apnea. Then, all of them underwent a battery of tests, such as the echocardiogram, to observe blood pumping and blood pressure. The results of participants who only had apnea and those who had only hypertension were similar: abnormal blood pumping by the heart and altered reactivity of an artery passing through the arm. Although healthy people have been subjected to the same stimuli, only those with hypertension or apnea have shown closure of the blood vessels, which are responsible for increased pressure. Obstructive apnea during sleep is a disease that causes breathing pauses while the person sleeps. According to the researchers, the findings should change how obstructive sleep apnea is treated by physicians and how often it is viewed harmlessly by patients.

Consequences of apnea

Although no one gives much fanfare to the As a matter of fact, the so-called "obstructive sleep apnea syndrome" can become a chronic problem, and can even cause death.

Those who are normally suffering from these problems may imagine that it may be the fault of everyday stress. But in fact, the symptoms are the result of badly falling nights - precisely because of snoring and apnea. As the person wakes up drowsily, she may also gain weight, since she is tired for regular physical exercise.

It is undeniable that in the long run these signs end up interfering in people's lives, leading to depression, failure of memory and a decrease in intellectual performance, which will affect not only personal relationships but also professionals.

During the "crisis" of apnea, the sleep cycle is interrupted, so the body does not get the necessary rest and , in the short and long term, this disorder causes various types of problems throughout the body, such as diabetes and sexual dysfunction.

But problems are not always internal. Features such as having a TV in the bedroom, being subjected to a very high or very low temperature and having too much light in the room can also disrupt sleep.

Apnea can be combated through medical treatment with a nasal mask, CPAP, or with dental plaque performed by the sleep dentist.

As snoring and sleep apnea are chronic disorders, at first the use of these devices is forever.


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