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How are obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and heart failure related?

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OSA can cause your brain to release stress hormones. They can raise your heart rate and your blood pressure -- which raises your chance of developing heart failure or making it worse.

Researchers have also found a strong link between trouble falling or staying asleep and the likelihood of heart failure. One reason may be that insomnia triggers the body's stress response, which could weaken your heart over time.

SOURCES:

Medical Clinics of North America : "Sleep in Congestive Heart Failure."

American Heart Association: "Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease, Stroke."

Texas Heart Institute: "Heart Failure."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Causes Sleep Apnea?" "CPAP."

National Sleep Foundation: "How Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Heart."

European Heart Journal : "Insomnia and the risk of incident heart failure: a population study."

European Society of Cardiology: "Insomnia is linked to increased risk of heart failure."

American Sleep Association: "Sleep Hygiene Tips."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2019

SOURCES:

Medical Clinics of North America : "Sleep in Congestive Heart Failure."

American Heart Association: "Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease, Stroke."

Texas Heart Institute: "Heart Failure."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Causes Sleep Apnea?" "CPAP."

National Sleep Foundation: "How Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Heart."

European Heart Journal : "Insomnia and the risk of incident heart failure: a population study."

European Society of Cardiology: "Insomnia is linked to increased risk of heart failure."

American Sleep Association: "Sleep Hygiene Tips."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2019

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