Snoring your way to heart trouble

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There’s snoring. And then there’s obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

OSA is snoring with serious health risks. When a person has sleep apnea, his or her snores are punctuated by pauses in breathing. These pauses cause the person to gasp for air and wake up. The person falls back to sleep and may not remember waking up—although it may occur multiple times per night.

OSA is the most common form of sleep apnea. It happens when the airway is blocked, often due to too much weight.

Not only does OSA lead to daytime fatigue, but it also is associated with:

  • High blood pressure.
  • Abnormal heart rhythms.
  • Heart failure.
  • Stroke.

Treatment can help you control your risk, so it’s important to recognize the symptoms of sleep apnea.

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