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Is Poor Quality Sleep Raising Your Blood Pressure?

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Nearly 1 in 3 adults in the United States have high blood pressure. This means that nearly 50% of our adult population is at increased risk for stroke, cardiovascular disease and heart failure.

At least 20% of these patients are unaware that they even have high blood pressure.

We must be better at identifying risk factors and preventing these deaths.

Risky business?

Did you know that poor quality sleep is an important factor for high blood pressure?

Sleep apnea is a very common disorder in which a person occasionally stops breathing properly during sleep. This is due to physical obstruction (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) or improper control of the muscles which regulate breathing during sleep (Central Sleep Apnea or CSA). Some patients may have a combination of both types of apneas; this is mixed sleep apnea.

When your body is continually deprived of oxygen, your central nervous system moves to a sympathetic (fight or flight) response mode. In a normal response, the sympathetic nervous system should temporarily increase heart rate, raise blood pressure and send out stress hormones.

If this occurs nightly it is chronic stimulation which leads to persistently elevated blood pressure.

Knowledge is power

Roughly 1 in 4 people between the ages of 30-70 have sleep apnea but about 85% of those are undiagnosed.

So how do you know if you’re getting quality sleep? What if your hours of Zzzs are actually contributing to inflammation and increasing your risk of high blood pressure?

Until now we would have to send patients to a sleep study, which was often in a setting away from their own home, attached to electrodes. This is an uncomfortable experience that many choose to avoid.

We are so happy to finally be able to offer a better way to assess sleep apnea.

This home sleep test is a convenient one time use device that collects information from your night’s sleep in the comfort of your own bed. The information is then virtually sent to a sleep specialist for an in-depth assessment of your sleep.

If you want to get to the root cause of your high blood pressure speak with one of our providers today to get started

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