Sleep Apnea is so much more dangerous than it appears and if you or your partner snores, then do visit a reputed doctor. According to a research published online June 11 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, sleep apnea is known to raise the risk of sudden cardiac death.
“The presence and severity of sleep apnea are associated with a significantly increased risk of sudden cardiac death,” said study leader Dr. Apoor Gami, a cardiac electrophysiologist at Midwest Heart Specialists-Advocate Medical Group in Elmhurst, Ill.
Sleep apnea is also on the rise because of the current obesity epidemic. The study observed 10,000 men and women, average age 53, who suffered from suspected sleep apnea, from 1987 through 2003. During the 15 year timeline, the researchers found that around 142 had sudden cardiac arrest, either fatal or resuscitated.
Daytime sleepiness snoring and fatigue is common symptoms of sleep apnea.