Snoring is both annoying and dangerous
Snoring not only keeps the whole house awake at night, it is also could signal cardiovascular damage. A study presented at EUROECHO found that patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have the same risk of heart damage as patients with type 2 diabetes. Specifically, both conditions seemed to be linked to arterial stiffness, which indicates a very high risk of heart disease and other cardiac issues.
What does this have to do with snoring? OSA will often cause disruptive snoring through the night and has also been linked to hypertension, arrhythmias, myocardial infarction, stroke, heart failure and heart attack. In light of the new connection between OSA and heart damage, the study’s author called on patients to let their doctors know if they have disruptive snoring, and advised doctors to actively diagnose OSA in patients who report snoring.