The Snoring Center Goes Red!

February 8, 2011

February is American Heart Health Month, and on February 4th, in celebration of Wear Red for Heart Day, The Snoring Center was decked out in style in support of the Go Red for Women initiative. You may not know this, but heart disease affects one in three women and is the #1 cause of death in women. So what does this have to do with The Snoring Center? Well, sleep apnea is a major cardiac risk factor, and since one third of our patients are women, we thought it appropriate to highlight the connection. You didn’t know that women suffer from sleep apnea? You are not alone – and that’s part of the problem. Sleep apnea is under-diagnosed in women, largely because of the stereotype of a “typical” sleep apnea patient as a middle-aged, overweight man. But studies have shown that up to 5% of adult women may have sleep apnea – and these women face the same increased risk of cardiac disease as do their male counterparts. Male or female, sleep apnea significantly increases one’s risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack.

The good news, of course, is that treating your sleep apnea can significantly reduce your risk of these cardiac diseases. And now, more than ever, there are a variety of treatment options available. But early diagnosis is essential – so if you (or someone you love) are a woman who snores, who feels tired, who has morning headaches, who suffers from depression or hypertension – ask your doctor about sleep apnea. A better night’s sleep may be all you need to feel better and to reduce your risk of heart disease! For more details visit The Snoring Center.

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