Snoring is Dangerous for Heart

People who snore whne sleep have the same amount of risk to smokers for heart health. Scientists from the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan recently conducted a study showing that snoring can indicate a more serious health problem. Snoring may be an early sign of cardiovascular damage.

Even the snoring effect against cardiovascular disease is almost the same as when people smoke or are obese.

Previously been many studies showing that sleep apnea is associated with heart disease and other health problems. The condition is characterized by loud snoring, airway obstruction, and lack of oxygen flow to the brain.

However, many people who snore when sleeping but did not develop sleep apnea. Research has found that snoring can cause inflammation and changes in the carotid artery.

The study was conducted by examining the data of 913 patients between the ages of 18 and 50 years old. All participants had previously participated in a sleep study in 2006 through 2012. None of the study participants were diagnosed with sleep apnea.

Then participants were asked to follow a survey about snoring habits and underwent ultrasound to measure the thickness of the artery karotis. Researchers measured how thick the layer of the arterial wall, which is often the first sign of carotid artery disease.

The researchers found that people who sleep snoring have thicker carotid arteries compared to people who do not snore when sleeping. In fact, these findings are comparable to what occurs in people who smoke or who have diabetes or hypertension.

Consult your doctor if your condition is snoring louder and cause inconvenience to be wary of cardiovascular disease. The findings will be presented this week at a meeting Combined Sections Meeting of the Triological Society in Scottsdale, Arizona, as quoted from medicaldaily, Monday (01/28/2013).


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