Dangers of Untreated Sleep Apnea
If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems including: high blood pressure, stroke, heart failing, irregular heartbeats, heart attacks, diabetes, depression, worsening of ADHD, and headaches. In addition, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for poor performance in everyday activities, such as work and school, motor vehicle crashes, and academic underachievement in children and adolescents.
- People with untreated obstructive sleep apnea are four times as likely to have a stroke as those not afflicted.
- Untreated apnea can also lead to heart disease.
- Approximately 50% of all hospital patients with high blood pressure have sleep apnea.
- According to the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research, approximately 38,000 deaths occur on an annual basis that relate to cardiovascular problems that in one way or another are connected to sleep apnea.