Sleep Apnea and Heart Attacks—a Joyous LinkCardiovascular diseases (strokes and heart attacks) are the primary killers of elderly adults.

Notably, over 60% of those with a cardiovascular disease also suffer from sleep apnea. While it often goes undiagnosed, you probably have it if you snore loudly.

So, sleep apnea is one of the main causes of strokes and heart attacks.

But here is the joyous news you were promised:

If you treat your sleep apnea in the right way, you can lower your risk of repeated hospitalization by an astonishing 59% according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

The researchers behind this new study analyzed the information of 1,301 Medicare beneficiaries who were diagnosed with heart disease and were newly diagnosed with sleep apnea between 2009 and 2013. All of the participants were 65 years and older.

All of the participants had been hospitalized with heart disease and placed on CPAP therapy.

The researchers assessed how well participants adhered to their CPAP treatment and whether their adherence to the therapy impacted their risk of rehospitalization within the next 30 days.

They categorized the participants as non-adherent, partially adherent, or highly adherent to the therapy based on whether they charged their devices fewer than four times, between four and 12 times, or more than 12 times during the 25-month follow-up period, respectively.

Proving how big of a risk heart disease is for elderly people, 10.2% of all participants were re-hospitalized within the next 30 days.

Compared to the low-adherence participants, the high-adherence participants had a 59% lower risk of rehospitalization. This relationship was particularly strong among those with heart failure.

These findings demonstrate how important it is to treat sleep apnea in people with cardiovascular diseases and for patients to stick to the treatment plan.

CPAP is an effective treatment that consists of low air pressure being administered through a face mask to keep the airway open. People often fail to properly abide by the treatment plan, complaining that the face mask is uncomfortable to sleep with. In fact, only 28.5% of the participants exhibited high adherence to the CPAP treatment plan.

Fortunately, there is an easier way to cure both snoring and sleep apnea. It’s a simple 3-minute throat exercise that trains your throat to stay open day and night. Try these exercises here…

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