How Snoring Can Harm Your Heart

Woman kept awake by man snoring.

Woman kept awake by man snoring.

Snoring, while annoying, is usually benign. For some people, however, it can be a symptom of something far more serious. USA Today, author Kim Painter explains how snoring could be the tell-tale sign that you may need to see a specialist.

From USA Today: New England Journal of Medicine, tested habitual snorers ages 30 to 60 and found no signs of sleep apnea in 81% of the female snorers and 66% of the male snorers. But 7% of the female snorers and 17% of the male snorers had severe apnea — meaning their breathing stopped at least 15 times an hour, putting them at risk for serious health damage.”

If you’re a habitual snorer, you may be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a common disorder that can disrupt your life and the sleep of those around you.

Is Your Snoring a Health Hazard?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a condition in which your airway becomes restricted or blocked, while you sleep, cutting off oxygen to the brain. These “apneas,” which in severe cases happen 15 or more times per hour, can significantly decrease oxygen levels, increase blood pressure, and will increase your odds of heart attack, stroke, memory loss, and obesity. It has been known to cause sudden cardiac death, even in young athletes.

The Good News? We can fix it.

Simple monitoring, done at home or in a sleep lab, can determine whether your snoring is a serious health concern. Sleep apnea can severely affect your own health, and even the health of those around you. Sleep apnea is a condition that shouldn’t go untreated.

As a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, my staff and I specialize in treating breathing problems, and we help patients with sleep apnea all the time. Custom-fit oral devices will help keep your airway clear to start.

If you or your partner snore, it may be time to see an expert to identify the underlying issues, and how we can help solve them. Don’t wait another night, contact us today for a complimentary consultation!

Focused on dental excellence,

Dr. Manalili