A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology tells patients that those with sleep apnea need to be even more aware of their condition.
According to the study, which was conducted over a span of 20 years, and looked at over 10,000 people, says that those with sleep apnea are more likely to die from a sudden cardiac death than the general population.
Sleep apnea occurs when a person stops breathing at least 5 times an hour for at least 10 seconds at a time.
Dr. Chris Rose, the medical director of the sleep center at Covenant says he agrees with the study that treating your sleep apnea might not only improve your quality of life, but could save it.
"It goes along with what we already knew about the link between sleep apnea and heart disease and sleep apnea and rhythm of the heart," says Dr. Rose.
Dr. Rose also says that sleep apnea is more common in older men, and anyone who is obese. He adds that the sleep studies are normally covered by insurance, and if you have any suspicion that you could be suffering from sleep apnea, you should talk to your primary care physician.
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