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    Old 02-05-2008, 06:25 AM   #1
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    A Frequent Cause of Hypertension...

    Originally Posted by flowergirl2day View Post
    ...I read about obstructive sleep apnea and CPap mask in one of my books...It is a frequent cause of hypertension and often goes unrecognized. The consequences of an untreated apnea can be deadly.

    I started a new thread with your comments because we need to stay on topic, . The moderators have been more than patient with me and I don't want to push my luck, .

    Yes, sleep apnea can be deadly. I often thought of starting a thread titled "the other silent killer" to address this condition. I have recently read that they have recorded a bp of 250/150 during an apnea event!!! The great thing is that treatment (often a cpap machine) is med free, low mainenance and can prevent/reduce/eliminate hypertension, cardiovasuclar disease, acid reflux, diabetes, asthma, and can improve one's mental health!

    ... I wonder how come we so seldom hear about this condition that causes hypertension in so many people? It's almost as if doctors forget it exists....
    It's because it is a relatively new field of medicine...I have read that before being diagnosed with sleep apnea, patients have had symptoms of this condition for an average of seven years (in my case 40+ years) and during this time they have reported seeing a family physician about 17 times (in my case 30+ times) and a specialist about 9 times. Doctors get very little training about the signs and symtoms of sleep apnea (about 15 minutes worth) and as a result if often goes undiagnosed.

    Scientists are now aware of what an important role sleep apnea plays in one's health and there is an effort out to educate the docs, but many docs don't read the literature. I'm trying to do my best to pass on what I know, but because the symptoms happen when a person is sleeping, people are not aware that they have the problem...and they don't identify "hypertension" as a symptom...often, in my opinion, because the doc tells them their condition is hereditary.

    Oh, and two things...there are several kinds of apnea...if you're referring to a "mechanism" causing the apnea, you're referring to obstuctive apnea (there are acutually many different "mechanisms" possible). But there is another type that is caused by brain chemistry and that wouldn't be able to be seen in a diagram. People with the "brain chemistry" apnea, may not snore.

    Also wanted to say that there is a lot of info regarding circadian rhythms and sleep, so you'll be coming across that sooner or later since your latest reads seems to be in that area.

    I promised Beerzoids I'd address why sleep apnea contributes to hypertension and heart disease (and acid reflux, diabetes, asthma) in a thread so I had better do so one of these days.

    Again, thanks for your insights.


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