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Study: CPAP Therapy May Reduce High Blood Pressure

high blood pressureA new study led by researchers at the University of Wisconsin Atherosclerosis Imaging Research Program suggests that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy reduces high blood pressure.

According to HealthDay News, researchers examined 47 adults who had recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea. They found that after three months of CPAP therapy, the test subjects exhibited lower systolic and diastolic blood pressures. The improvements reportedly reversed shortly after they stopped CPAP therapy.

"In clinical practice we see a reduction in blood pressure in such patients with CPAP use, when the patients are seemingly resistant to antihypertensive medications," said heart specialist Dr. Sripal Bangalore, who was not involved in the study. "The biggest take home message is that snoring does not indicate sound sleep and using CPAP and being compliant with it can potentially prevent adverse cardiovascular [effects].”

Untreated sleep apnea has been linked to cardiovascular disease – among other health risks – for quite some time. If you notice any of the symptoms of sleep apnea, it’s in your best interest to consult your doctor to learn if CPAP therapy can help you.

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