28 January 2013
Snoring is often thought of as just an annoying reality of life for some people, but it could potentially have significant health consequences.
According to a new study, snorers may have a heightened risk of experiencing a heart attack than people who are overweight or smoke.
Researchers believe that there may be a link between snoring and an increasing of the arteries, which, in addition to heart attacks, can lead to strokes and brain haemorrhages.
"Snoring is more than a bedtime annoyance and it shouldn't be ignored," said Robert Deeb, lead author of the study from the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Henry Ford.
"Patients need to seek treatment in the same way they would if they had sleep apnea, high blood pressure or other risk factors for cardiovascular disease."
The expert advised partners of snorers to actually encourage their spouse to seek medical treatment or undergo a physical to ensure that everything is fine and that there are not any deeper problems.
Posted by Philip Briggs
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