Night snoring and a chronic shortage of air during sleep, significantly increase the likelihood of developing diseases related to the heart and blood vessels in women. This told the scientists, speaking at the annual meeting of the Radiological society of North America.
“Our observations show that the mass of the left ventricle increases in both men and women suffering from snoring or sleep apnea. On the other hand, the effect of this increase was markedly more pronounced among women,” says Adrian Kurt (Adrian Curta) from the University of Munich (Germany).
Current who estimates, approximately 6% of adults and 2% of children suffer from sleep apnea is the partial or complete cessation of respiration associated with the fact that their Airways are narrowed or deformed during sleep. In some cases, sleep apnea can lead to fatigue, memory loss and some other problems, but people virtually never die from such problems.
In most cases, the development of apnea is accompanied by the fact that his victim starts to loudly snore at night and to periodically Wake up from lack of air. The presence of snoring, as today’s scientists believe, greatly increases the likelihood of heart attacks and other diseases of the circulatory system.
Kurt and his colleagues tested how the snoring and sleep apnea affect the health of the sexes, tracing the lives of about five thousand citizens of great Britain. Half of them did not complain of sleep problems, and the rest were suffering from simple snoring or its combination with apnea.
Scientists were interested in how these issues affect their circulatory system and how often the representatives of all three categories suffered from heart attacks, strokes and other diseases of the heart and blood vessels.
As it turned out, significant differences between them really existed, and they were noticeably more pronounced among women than among men. As a rule, the development of apnea, or “simple” snoring has led to a noticeable increase in the size of the left ventricle, the main “engine” of the circulatory system. Similarly, the snoring of people have decreased the amount of blood remaining in ventricle for the next contraction.
Interestingly, similar problems of the heart were not the only people who knew about having apnea, but many of the participants observations that just complained about the snoring and thought that they didn’t get enough air during sleep. This, according to Kurt, says that the incidence of apnea in Britain and other countries of the world are very much understated.
“I would advise snoring people to ask their husbands or wives to ensure that there be short-term interruptions in their breathing during sleep, and whether they’re trying to ingest air after that. If confidence in this should be more accurate laboratory testing. In any case, from apnea can get rid of, and often this can be achieved by simply dropping the extra weight,” — concludes the scientist.