If you have sleep apnea, you’re likely aware of the risks this dangerous sleep disorder carries with it. People with sleep apnea often have a higher risk of conditions like diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, high blood pressure, and even certain cancers. This makes treating sleep apnea all the more important. But now, a new study has found that persons with sleep apnea may be at a higher risk for another serious medical problem: coronary plaque.
In the study which was conducted by Beijing Anzhen Hospital, it was found that patients with sleep apnea had higher levels of coronary plaque. One hundred and twenty patients were monitored over approximately four years, and the statistics were quite startling.
It was found that of those studied, they were not only more likely to have coronary plaque, the plaque was also more likely to contain noncalcified plaque component, and that plaque was also more likely to contain a lower density noncalcified plaque component.
This dangerous plaque can be harmful to your heart and restrict or all out stop blood flow throughout the body, causing high blood pressure and much worse.
This is why it’s so important to treat your sleep apnea. Treating sleep apnea doesn’t just improve your sleep, it improves your quality of life during the day, making it easier for you to function and be active, which in turn can reduce your weight and levels of coronary plaque, and maybe even lower your blood pressure.
There are several solutions to treating sleep apnea, including a custom made sleep orthotic from Dr. Abelar. These orthotics are custom-molded in Dr. Abelar’s office and fit comfortably into your individual mouth much like a night guard or retainer. They are easy to wear and easy to clean, and don’t require complicated and frustrating machinery, masks, or hard to clean tubing.
If you have sleep apnea and are concerned about your weight, a comorbid condition, coronary plaque or any other medical condition, please contact your physician. If you are interested in learning more about custom sleep apnea orthotics from Dr. Abelar, please contact the office for a consultation today.