CPAP Use and the Treatment of Heart Disease

Posted Feb 1, 2011 by Kristen P. in CPAP & Sleep Apnea Info

This month, CPAPSUPPLYUSA.COM celebrates American Heart Month.  In our recent efforts to help educate our community, we posted a blog on heart disease.  To all of the faithful and compliant CPAP users, we commend you.  We would like to share with you why wearing your CPAP every night may save your life.

Research has shown that the use of CPAP over an extended period of time may also protect your heart from heart problems such as:

  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Stroke
  • Coronary Artery Disease

The association between Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and cardiovascular disease is not fully understood, but it is possible that the constant fluctuation in blood oxygen levels caused by sleep apnea may contribute to arterial inflammation, blood flow obstruction and eventually hypertension and cardiovascular-related events according to Dr. Walter McNicholas of the St. Vincent University Hospital.

Short term use of CPAP therapy has resulted in health and quality of life benefits.  Extended CPAP therapy may have additional benefits for patients with sleep apnea by protecting them against cardiovascular disease.  In a recent study by Dr. McNicholas, the number of cardiovascular events, including death, congestive heart failure, hypertension and stroke were significantly higher in patients with sleep apnea that were untreated.  Another study has indicated that CPAP use may even reverse several potential pathways whereby OSA contributes to arthrosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

Another incentive for wearing your CPAP

Cardiac arrhythmia, or irregular heart beat, is another cardiac dysfunction that can be associated with sleep apnea. Studies have shown a reduction in atrial fibrillation recurrence after cardioversion and CPAP use.

Treatment of OSA can positively impact hypertension. CPAP use has reduced daytime blood pressure whose OSA is effectively treated.  Some studies have shown positive results even after just two weeks of CPAP use.

I have worked with sleep apnea patients for many years and have witnessed the positive results of CPAP therapy first hand. I love working with sleep apnea patients because sleep apnea is something we can treat. I am so happy when I hear from one of my patients that no longer have to take blood pressure medication. Inform your doctor when you begin using CPAP if you have had high blood pressure. You may want to start monitoring your blood pressure more frequently and watch for your readings to become more normalized.

Of course just wearing your CPAP will not guarantee a healthy heart but we do know that CPAP therapy is good for your heart.

Celebrate American Heart Month with CPAP Supply USA. Eat healthy, Get some exercise, and follow your doctor’s orders. Be good to your heart. Wear your CPAP. Enjoy life!


Comments (1) -

Heartburn Remedies
8/13/2012 11:51:20 PM #

My buddy and I had been just discussing this particular topic, This is always attempting to prove me incorrect! I am going to present her this particular blog post and rub it in a little!

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