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Snoring Linked to High Blood Pressure?

Snoring seems like a mild annoyance, especially for bed partners. But snoring could signal a more serious condition called sleep apnea. When this happens, people’s upper airways collapse briefly interrupting their breathing. For some people this can happen dozens or even hundreds of times a night.

People with serious sleep apnea are at risk for hypertension and other cardiovascular complications. Two studies in the Journal of the American Medical Association tested whether treating sleep apnea with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP devices would lower blood pressure. They came to conflicting conclusions. In one, prescribing CPAP made no difference in hypertension, but in the other, treatment with CPAP did lower blood pressure. An editorial in the Journal suggests that sleep apnea might be a treatable cause of high blood pressure.

[JAMA, May 23, 2012]

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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CPAP is basically another consumer rip off. Did not lower my blood pressure. The only benefit was for my husband (he could not hear me snore). This machine are just very expensive uncontrollable hair dryers. After years of experience with CPAP I now know that doctors who prescribe these machine and know very little about them. I got copies of my first testing and read them. My second test concluded that I had responded well to 15 pressure and that was what my machine was set on. I now know that any “Doctor” who believed that a patient could respond well the first time with CPAP set at 15 is absolutely clueless.
No human could use CPAP at 15 the first time. The technical could not have my machine set above 6 that night. He did not know how to change the pressure so just winged my test. But the doctor should have known that that would not be possible the first time. That $2500.00 for those test.. Yes I paid because at that time I did not know that the medical people were less educated than me.

I have been snoring more or less since I was in my 20s. I was slim and not overweight, but still I snored.. Now I am overweight and snore more and wake myself up snoring! However my blood pressure has not been affected and is normal and has been for a long time. My husband also snores and has sleep apnea and he is always tired on waking. His blood pressure also is normal..

After a sleep study that showed sleep apnea, I was prescribed a CPAP machine to use at night. Instead of waking feeling tired, I woke feeling refreshed although the CPAP is not comfortable to wear. And my blood pressure immediately became normal, around 115/76 approximately.
I cut my blood pressure medication in half the first week. But the CPAP was difficult to wear, it did not fit and air blew into my eyes and caused eye damage. My opthmologist said I could not wear the CPAP because I had dry eyes and several other eye conditions. No matter what kind of mask I tried, it did not fit and air blew into my eyes. Even a night eye cover didn’t help.
So I had to give up the CPAP after a month. I am told to wear a night guard and sleep on my side and keep the room cool, instead of wearing the CPAP. I know only one person who has been able to wear her CPAP. She finds it uncomfortable and a lot of trouble, but she feels better using it. She is overweight and has a thick neck that contributes to her sleep apnea the dr. told her.
I suppose not being able to wear a CPAP will shorten my life and may lead to stroke, but if you can’t wear one, you can’t wear one. I hope a better treatment for sleep apnea will be found.

You should have the mask custom made according to contour of your face, it will cost you money but you don’t have to settle looking forward for a shorter life

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