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HealthDay: "Sleep Apnea Could Raise Heart Risks for Older Men"

July 15, 2010



New research links sleep apnea, an often undiagnosed breathing and sleep disorder that affects about 24 percent of men and 9 percent of women, to higher risk of heart disease and heart failure in middle aged and older men. The study, published online in Circulation this month, looked at the sleep and health of about 2,000 men and 2,500 women. Results found that middle aged and older men with severe sleep apnea were 68 percent more likely to develop heart disease and 58 percent more likely to develop heart failure than those without sleep apnea.

Co-author Stuart Quan of Harvard Medical School called the under diagnosis of sleep apnea "unfortunate" and suggested that these findings show that in some cases sleep apnea can be a remediable cause of heart disease and heart failure.

Read about the findings online at HealthDay

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