It’s hard to find any aspect of health untouched by sleep, and the prevalence of systemic hypertension in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is high, according to Dr. Shahrokh Javaheri, professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and director of Sleepcare Diagnostics in Mason, Ohio, and Dr. William T. Abraham, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health.
In addition to the prevalence of hypertension – high blood pressure – there is a greater risk of other health problems in OSA sufferers. They are:
- Coronary arterial disease.
- Heart failure.