CPAP Device Found Effective in Lowering Blood Pressure
The CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device, which has been very beneficial to patients suffering from sleep apnea, may also be very useful to individuals with high blood pressure. This claim is according to the results of a recent study that is presented during the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. The use of the CPAP device just for three months resulted to the reduction of the systolic and diastolic blood pressures. It was further shown that arterial stiffness, which is very critical in cardiovascular conditions, was also significantly reduced.
Link between Sleep Apnea and Risk of Heart Diseases
Medical experts have long recognized the connection between sleep apnea and the risk of heart-related diseases. In fact, this sleeping disorder has been linked to numerous other medical conditions including those that may be considered as serious, such as diabetes, stroke, and heart-related diseases.
The link between hypertension and sleep apnea was validated by a clinical trial conducted by researchers from the John Hopkins School of Public Health and which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Involved in the study were over 6,000 adult men and women who were diagnosed with moderate to severe sleep apnea. After monitoring blood pressure and sleep patterns of patients, researchers were able to establish a significant association of sleep apnea and increased blood pressure in middle-aged adults.
CPAP Device May Lower Blood Pressure
Led by Dr. Claudia Korcarz, a team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin Atherosclerosis Imaging Research Program in Madison, Wisconsin, carried out a clinical trial with the objective of determining the impact of the CPAP device on the hypertensive conditions of sleep apnea patients. Recruited for the study were 47 adults with an average age of 41 years and who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea.
At the completion of the study period, the researchers were able to conclude that three months of using the CPAP device translated to a significant reduction in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. However, it was noted by the researchers that the improvement disappeared within a week if sleep apnea patients terminated the use of the device.
Significance of the Study
The outcome of this study is very significant since it demonstrates how a patient suffering from sleep apnea may control the onset of high blood pressure. For those patients who may not be comfortable using the CPAP device, using it to prevent hypertension could be an added incentive. Furthermore, it was noted by the research team that if treated in the early stages of the disorder, the problem with high blood pressure may be reversed.
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