Sleep Apnea and Hypertension

The Relationship Between Hypertension and Sleep Apnea

What is the Connection?

Research has established a strong association between hypertension (high blood pressure) and sleep apnea. Individuals with untreated sleep apnea are at higher risk of developing hypertension, and vice versa.

During episodes of sleep apnea, the upper airway becomes blocked, leading to pauses in breathing and drops in blood oxygen levels. These disruptions trigger the body's stress response, causing blood pressure to rise temporarily.

Over time, untreated sleep apnea can lead to sustained increases in blood pressure, contributing to the development or worsening of hypertension. Conversely, hypertension can exacerbate sleep apnea symptoms, creating a harmful cycle.

Seeking Treatment for Hypertension and Sleep Apnea
If you are experiencing symptoms of both hypertension and sleep apnea, seeking treatment is crucial. Contact Sleep Houston today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schleicher and take the first step toward better sleep and improved overall health.

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