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Sleep Apnea Facts that will astound you, Part One

Sleep Apnea Facts that will astound you, Part One


Sleep apnea is a condition where one stops breathing during sleep. The duration of the stoppage can last up to one minute or longer. And it adds up even more over the course of an entire night, which is incredibly dangerous. How dangerous?

Let’s cover one related physiological link at a time to explain it.


The Cardiovascular System

The cardiovascular system and what happens when sleep apnea is present can be told with some statistics.  And this data wasn’t compiled to scare anyone. This is what is known, to date.

  • 7 million people in the United States, alone have heart failure.
  • Approximately 76% of congestive heart failure patients have Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB).
  • Heart failure is the most expensive disorder to treat.
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea is noted in 49% of Atrial Fibrillation patients and 30% of cardiovascular patients.
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea presents in 70% of heart attack patients.


Clearly, the statistical picture looks grim. However, there are options to control Sleep Apnea and SDB.

This is the first installment of a four part series.

1.877.430.2727 to discuss what can be done to ease the effects of SDB.

(the above statistics are supported by a complete list of references at

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2 thoughts on “Sleep Apnea Facts that will astound you, Part One”

  1. Okay when I’m sleeping or rather about to sleep my mind wonders like in a sleep and awake purgatory and I forget to breath its weird like my mind goes deep into thought. Need to be checkup, thanks for these facts you listed I think I am positive!!

  2. It’s more interesting!! While awake people can desaturate normally for all kinds of reasons. However, this is a good video illustration of what severe apnea facts like.

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