February is American Heart Health Month. The Snoring Center went red in style February 4 to celebrate Wear Red for Heart Day. Many people don’t know that heart disease affects one in three women and is the number one cause of death in women. So what does this have to do with The Snoring Center? A lot. Sleep apnea is a major cardiac risk factor, and since one third of our patients are women, we thought it appropriate to highlight the connection. If you didn’t know that women suffer from sleep apnea you are not alone. Sleep apnea is under-diagnosed in women, largely because of the stereotype of a “typical” sleep apnea patient being a middle-aged, overweight man. However studies have shown that up to 5% of adult women may indeed have sleep apnea – and these women face the same increased risk of cardiac disease as their male counterparts. Regardless of one’s sex, sleep apnea significantly increases the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack.
There is good news. Treating your sleep apnea can significantly reduce your risk of these cardiac diseases. And now there are a variety of treatment options available. However, early diagnosis is essential. If you, or someone you know, are a woman who snores, feels tired, has morning headaches, suffers from depression or hypertension, ask your doctor about sleep apnea. A better night’s sleep may be all you need to feel better and to reduce your risk of heart disease. For more details visit The Snoring Center.