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How significant is sleep apnea as a cause of high blood pressure?
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: BIG
Sleep apnea is a major factor in the development or worsening of high blood pressure.
In fact, patients with hard to treat high blood pressure should be checked for apnea as a possible cause.

In brief: BIG
Sleep apnea is a major factor in the development or worsening of high blood pressure.
In fact, patients with hard to treat high blood pressure should be checked for apnea as a possible cause.
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. Mark Birnbach
Dentistry - Cosmetic
In brief: Sleep apnea
Sleep apnea is diagnosed as stopping breathing for at least 10 seconds at a time.
That means that the blood oxygen level decreases. This decreased oxygen means that the heart has to work harder , which increases the blood pressure.

In brief: Sleep apnea
Sleep apnea is diagnosed as stopping breathing for at least 10 seconds at a time.
That means that the blood oxygen level decreases. This decreased oxygen means that the heart has to work harder , which increases the blood pressure.
Dr. Mark Birnbach
Dr. Mark Birnbach
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Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: Perhaps
It is still controversial whether osa causes hypertension.
There may be a sub-group of people who are more likely to develop hypertension. It is true that patients with tough to treat hypertension may have osa and will benefit from treatment.

In brief: Perhaps
It is still controversial whether osa causes hypertension.
There may be a sub-group of people who are more likely to develop hypertension. It is true that patients with tough to treat hypertension may have osa and will benefit from treatment.
Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
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