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Cardiovascular Patients and Sleep Apnea

Comorbidity | ˌkōmôrˈbidədē |

noun – The simultaneous presence of two chronic diseases or conditions in a patient.

The presence of one disease often indicates a high likelihood of the presence of another disease.
Sleep apnea is a major comorbidity to most cardiovascular diseases and a significant risk factor for stroke, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation.

Furthermore, the presence of sleep apnea can exacerbate the seriousness of many cardiovascular diseases. The following is a chart indicating sleep
apnea comorbidities.

Despite evidence showing that sleep apnea management improves patient outcomes and
reduces hospital readmission, millions of cardiac patients still remain undiagnosed and untreated for this serious condition.

Presently, 50% of all cardiovascular patients suffer from sleep apnea and 80% remain undiagnosed If you suffer from a cardiac related disease, insist your cardiologist test you for sleep apnea.


You can screen yourself for the likelihood of sleep apnea by taking the Sleep Apnea Risk Level Test Here.

References on this page:

  1. Seet and Chung, Anestesiology Clin, 2010
  2. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2017 At-a-Glance
  3. Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease,JACC Vol. 52, No. 8, 2008, August 19, 2008:686–717
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