Snorers are at greater risk than overweight, smokers or people with high cholesterol
Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit have found that snorers are at greater risk than those who are overweight, smokers or people with high cholesterol to develop thickening or abnormalities in the carotid artery.
The increased thickening in the lining of the two major blood vessels that supply oxygen-rich blood to the brain is a precursor to atherosclerosis, a hardening of the arteries that is responsible for many vascular diseases.
“Snoring is more than a nuisance in bed and should not be ignored. Patients need to seek treatment just as they would for sleep apnea, hypertension or other risk factors for cardiovascular disease,” says the study’s lead author, Robert Deeb, M.D., of the Department of Otolaryngology at Henry Ford.
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September 14, 2020