If left untreated, what are the effects of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea – chronic snoring with paused breathing filled by choking or gasping – can cause people to be more than just tired come morning.

With the lack of sleep and fresh air, sleep apnea can strain your heart, lungs and other organs.

According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), if left untreated, sleep apnea can cause:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Stroke
  • Depression

If you think you might have sleep apnea, talk to your doctor for more information on the effects it can have on your health and steps you can take to treat it.

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