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46 Percent Higher Risk of Death to Chronic Sleep Apnea Patients


According to new study from NHLBI, older men have higher risk of death to chronic sleep apnea patients. The study suggests the strongest proof up till now of a relation between possible deaths due to sleep apnea, general disarray in breathing during night sleep, caused due to occasional collapse of upper airway.

Overall, study participant having grave obstructive sleep apnea were risking death to 46% than those who didn’t have any kind of breathing issues. Men suffering from severe sleep apnea were more apparent to death and they were more prone to pass away from any reason together with heart disease. Particularly, men of 40 to 70 with grave obstructive severe sleep apnea were twofold more prone to pass away according to the new study than others who didn’t have any breathing condition.


In general, the participants in the study having chronic sleep apnea were found at a 46% higher death risk than those, who have no breathing problem. Particularly older men having sleep apnea were more prone to death due to any reason, including heart dysfunction. Additionally, the death risk to sleep apnea patients was at higher sides that were in between 40s and 70s age groups than the same age group people having no sleep apnea symptoms. 

The study was published in the PLoS Journal of Medicine in its August issue.

A research study from “Sleep Heart Health Study (SHHS)” suggests that well over six thousands people (including both men and women over 40 having sleep apnea symptoms and also those having no sleep apnea) were chosen for knowing about the death risk on sleep apnea patients.


Around eight years after, it was found that people who were suffering from chronic sleep apnea were more prone to death from any reason, irrespective of weight, race, gender or age. Or, they were currently smoking or remained involve in smoking in the past or faced conditions like diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure in their past lives.

This study validates other small scale studies that informed increased mortality rate in chronic sleep apnea patients. This study was conducted in 7 different hospitals all over the US and is considered as the leading and most complete potential study till date regarding the risks of heart and other diseases linked with sleep apnea.

Whereas, the previous studies conducted by SHHS revealed that severe sleep apnea has linked of elevated risk with several diseases such as stroke, heart failure, high blood pressure, and other heart related diseases. Additionally, severe sleep apnea also shows symptoms of low work performance due to extreme daytime drowsiness.


It is believed that above 12 M Americans are suffering from sleep apnea syndrome aren’t identified or taken care of. Cure for sleep apnea required CPAP breathing device, dental surgery, mouth guards and changes in the lifestyle.

The above handlings seem to minimize the harshness of warning signs for example noisy snoring and extreme daylight drowsiness, thus getting improved excellence of life and routine.  Casual clinical examinations to check if overcoming OSA reduces the chances of fatality and heart related diseases are still required.


Such cures are likely to assist the patients to lower the gravity of the sleep apnea symptoms for instance extreme drowsiness in the daytime, thus bettering the life’s excellence and activity.  However, occasional checkups are required to be aware of the status of mortality risks due to heart disease that are attached to the sufferers.

46 Percent Higher Risk of Death to Chronic Sleep Apnea Patients


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