A new study by Canadian researchers presented at the 2017 conference of the American Thoracic Society in Washington reveals some terrifying relations between sleep apnea and your heart.
And it gets worse, as treatment options for sleep apnea seem to be useless.
But then the good news comes in the form of a permanent cure for sleep apnea.
Researchers reviewed the medical information of 8,256 adults for whom doctors had made a preliminary diagnosis of sleep apnea. Their average age was 47.
Follow ups stretched over a 13-year period, at the beginning of which none of the subjects had been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation by a physician.
Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat that causes blood clots, heart failure and stroke, among other things.
After controlling for other issues known to contribute to the risk of atrial fibrillation (like age, smoking, and high blood pressure), the numbers were clear:
Those who spent the most time with abnormally low levels of oxygen were also the most likely to have been hospitalized with atrial fibrillation.
Several smaller studies have come to the same conclusion.
But the scariest thing may be that in a study published in 2016, in The New England Journal of Medicine found that using a CPAP mask was useless to decrease people’s risk of atrial fibrillation.
We can therefore assume that the only way to really eliminate the risk associated with sleep apnea is to cure it permanently.
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