Sleep Apnea & Heart Disease, the Silent Epidemic

Sleep Apnea & Heart Disease, the Silent Epidemic

Sleep apnea affects about 24% of adult population and a much higher percentage of senior citizens with cardiovascular diseases in the United States. The incidence of sleep apnea is much higher among Asians. Medical research has shown a link between sleep apnea and diabetes, high cholesterol, weight gain, cardiovascular disease such hypertension, angina, heart attack, stroke, heart failure, arrhythmia, kidney failure, dementia, depression, cancers and sudden cardiac death.

At Chanwell Clinic, we provide timely, effective and affordable diagnosis and treatments for patients throughout California, Nevada and the Asia Pacific rim countries The Chanwell Clinic Institute for Heart & Sleep Disorders attracts patients from these parts of the world. Our patients often suffer from fairly advanced cardiovascular disorders with longstanding undiagnosed, untreated sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea and insomnia.

Through assessments, exams, and timely outpatient diagnostic procedures, we aim to improve your well-being. In addition, we help reduce the need for hospitalization or expensive invasive cardiology procedures.

A Silent Epidemic

Untreated sleep apnea can lead to severe illness or even death. Chanwell Clinic is dedicated to reducing these instances and increasing survival statistics.

It was recognized that Sleep-Disordered Breathing (SDB) is associated with heart attack, stroke, heart failure, cardiac arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death. SDB raises the risks of these happening by 300%. In patients with heart failure (HF) with an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD), the presence of SDB was common and an independent predictor of life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias that were more likely to occur during sleep.


Sleep Apnea & Heart Disease, the Silent Epidemic

Sleep Apnea & Heart Disease

Data from the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study found that cardiovascular mortality in middle-aged patients when followed over 18 years is 5-6 times greater in those with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) than in the general population.

Sleep Apnea & Hypertension

30 and 40 percent of adults with high blood pressure also have sleep apnea, which is even more prevalent in those with resistant hypertension. Approximately 80 percent of patients that do not respond to hypertensive medications have sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea & Heart Disease, the Silent Epidemic

Sleep Apnea & Diabetes

Seven in 10 people with Type 2 diabetes also have obstructive sleep apnea.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is advising anyone with Type 2 diabetes or hypertension to be evaluated for sleep apnea by a board-certified sleep medicine physician.

“Treating sleep apnea in diabetics improves nighttime glucose levels and insulin sensitivity,” said Dr. MS Badr, President of American Academy of Sleep Medicine (July 2013). “Treatment also will provide benefits of improved sleep unrelated to diabetes – including increased alertness during the day and improved memory and cognitive function.”

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment of sleep apnea may have as much of an effect as prescribed oral diabetes medications.

Sleep Apnea & Cancer Risk

Sleep apnea increases the risk of dying from cancers!

People whose oxygen levels dropped below 90 percent for up to 12 percent of the total time they were asleep, for example, had a 68 percent greater likelihood of developing cancer than people whose oxygen levels did not plummet at night.

Sleep Apnea & Heart Disease, the Silent Epidemic

Sleep Apnea & Gastro-esophageal acid reflux (GERD)

Patient with sleep apnea have comorbid gastrointestinal (GI) conditions, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and hiatal hernia, This leads to chronic cough that won’t go away with cough medicines. GERD could trigger asthma attacks.

Sleep Apnea & Higher Vehicular Accidents

Sleep apnea leads to 700% increase risk of vehicular accidents.

ResMed Philips Respironics American Heart Association National Sleep Foundation