Have you been getting all your Zzzz’s lately? If you’re constantly tired or snoring so loudly that your partner can’t sleep, you may be at risk for cardiovascular disease.
Studies have linked sleep-related conditions, like obstructive sleep apnea, to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and disorders, including coronary artery disease, stroke, hypertension, and atrial fibrillation. A large number of individuals suffering from hypertension and other cardiac conditions also have sleep disorders.
While it’s still unclear whether sleep apnea, for instance, causes the development of heart disease or is simply a consequence of increased pressure on the heart, one this is clear – there is a link.
Schedule an appointment with your primary care physician to discuss your risk for cardiovascular disease and sleep apnea. If you have been experiencing poor sleep or fatigue lately make sure you mention that during your consultation. With proper testing and diagnosis you may get a better night’s sleep – and take a huge step in protecting yourself from cardiac conditions.