For years, sleep apnea has been linked to heart disease, making it important for doctors to encourage patients with this condition to treat it as soon as possible. With proper sleep apnea treatment, patients can prevent serious heart conditions or stop them from worsening. Let’s take a closer look at what sleep apnea can do to the heart:

Heart Failure

When a patient does not treat their sleep apnea, they are at an increased risk for heart failure. This is because sleep apnea places severe stress on the heart, especially during REM sleep in the early hours of the morning.

Hypertension

Hypertension is another name for high blood pressure and causes serious damage to the artery walls. When we sleep, our blood pressure should be lower than they are when we are awake. Unfortunately, this is not usually the case for sleep apnea patients who may develop hypertension.

Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is a type of abnormal and irregular heart rhythm where the heartbeat is fast and flutters. If sleep apnea is ignored, a patient may have a bloodstream that has blood oxygen levels that are not very healthy. This may lead to a number of heart issues including atrial fibrillation.

Schedule an Appointment at Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Since heart problems can be life threatening, it’s vital to treat sleep apnea if you are living with it. To learn your treatment options for this condition, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at our office. Call us at (703) 722-8353 today.