Sleep apnea has been linked with increased risks of many other medical conditions, including:

Prevalence of sleep apnea in comorbidities
Recent studies have shown that untreated sleep apnea is an independent risk factor for all-cause mortality.

  • Results from the Sleep Health Heart Study indicated that sleep apnea is associated with all-cause mortality, particularly in men aged 40 to 70 years.9
  • In a community-based sample, untreated moderate-to-severe sleep apnea was an independent risk factor for all-cause mortality, with an adjusted hazard ratio of 6.2.10
  • Similar results were observed in a population-based study, in which the adjusted hazard ratio associated with severe sleep apnea was 3.8. The adjusted hazard ratio for mortality associated with cardiovascular disease was 5.2.11

Treating sleep apnea has been shown to improve quality of life and may reduce the risks of associated comorbidities.

Dr. Aliya Ferouz Colburn on Comorbidities of Sleep apnea

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