Sleep Apnea? Hold that CPAP
Continuous positive airway pressure—CPAP—is a common treatment for people with sleep apnea. Now, a new study shows CPAP machines do not reduce heart attack risk in people who also have heart disease. About 60 percent of those with sleep apnea also suffer from cardiovascular disease.
While the results of this recent study are somewhat disappointing and dispute earlier, promising studies, researchers did confirm other benefits to CPAP. According to researchers, people with sleep apnea who use CPAP experience a better quality of life, improved mood, and are less tired and depressed than those who don’t.
The study involved 2,717 men with moderate to severe sleep apnea and cardiovascular disease. Over the course of three years, one group received standard care, and the other group received standard care plus CPAP. During the study period, about 17 percent of men in the CPAP group and 15.4 percent in the standard care group experienced a heart attack, stroke, or other serious cardiac event.
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