Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary artery disease, sometimes called coronary heart disease, is the most prevalent type of heart disease in the US. In this condition, the arteries that supply the heart experience buildup of fatty deposits that restrict the flow of blood to the heart.
Coronary artery disease might be linked to snoring independently. The vibrations caused by snoring can cause micro-injuries in your blood vessels. These injuries lead to scarring of the arteries that can contribute to the accumulation of fatty deposits.
High blood pressure can increase the risk that these deposits will break away. When these deposits break away, they can fully block the blood supply to all or part of the heart, which is called myocardial infarction. The heart can’t function without blood supply. Even when the blood supply is restored, the heart might experience long-term injury. This injury can reduce the heart’s ability to pump blood, what is known as heart failure.
Many people with heart failure have sleep apnea. However, heart failure increases the likelihood that you have central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is normally the most common kind. It occurs when your airway collapses because muscles supporting your airway relax. In central sleep apnea, your brain doesn’t tell your body to breathe. Your brain only gets reminded to tell your body to breathe because it experiences oxygen shortage. Currently, CPAP is the only effective treatment for central sleep apnea. If you want a CPAP alternative, talk to a Lee’s Summit sleep dentist quickly and get treatment before you experience heart failure and central sleep apnea.