Sleep Apnea and Hypertension

Sleep apnea could contribute to hard-to-treat hypertension according to a preliminary research conducted on 248 patients.

Our findings suggest that severe OSA contributes to poor blood pressure control despite aggressive medication use,” Harneet Walia, MD, study author and assistant professor of family medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, said in a statement. “This is important as poor blood pressure control in patients taking multiple anti-hypertensive medications makes them particularly vulnerable to increased cardiovascular risk.”

Heart disease has already been linked to sleep apnea and besides hypertension atrial fibrillation could be worsened because of sleep apnea !

http://www.everydayhealth.com/sleep/sleep-apnea-raises-risk-for-hard-to-treat-hypertension-7466.aspx

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