Obstructive sleep apnea has been shown to increase the risk of heart attack and stroke by 300-400%, increases blood sugar and complicates diabetes control, increases blood pressure and has been shown to decrease life expectancy by 10-20 years. It can result in sudden death during sleep. Sleep apnea is also correlated with cardiac arrhythmia, dementia, and other serious health issues.
These individuals are at a higher risk of heart attack and stroke due to the fact that the entire body, especially the heart, is under high levels of stress during sleep, working overtime to pump more blood to the brain to compensate for the loss of oxygen.
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