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Deep Vein Thrombosis could be Caused by Snoring

A new study by researchers in Taiwan has revealed that there is a close connection existing between sleep apnea and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). They discovered that snorers are three times more susceptible to suffer a potentially fatal blood clot than those without sleep problems.

Millions of people suffer from sleep apnea. Yet many people have no idea what sleep apnea even is. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which an individual’s breathing momentarily stops throughout the night. One of the most prevalent symptoms of sleep apnea is snoring.

The researchers studied more than 10,000 people where 50% of the subjects admitted that they were having sleep apnea. There were also 40 participants that reported having DVT. Deep vein thrombosis is a serious condition but it is quite rare. Blood clot forms in a vein - usually in the leg. When clot breaks off, it causes a life-threatening blockage in the lung, called pulmonary embolism.

Only about 4% of people developed blood clot when the study was conducted but there existed a higher risk for people with sleep apnea. The danger seems bigger when presented in comparison as it was three times the risk. The result as presented in figure must make people start getting worried.

Cases of deep vein thrombosis were around 53% in the sleep apnea or snoring group but only 22 % among the non-snorers. This was the outcome after three to four years of study making an actual difference of 31% of cases. It follows that if sleep apnea was curable in 1,000 people then it is a good sign that about 3 cases of DVT could be prevented.

There are limitations that must be noted.

1. The diagnosis might be inaccurate as the study relied on administrative claims data recorded by physicians and non-clinical staff.

2. Personal information, as index of body mass and smoking status, was not included a so the researchers were not able to produce data. Since deep vein thrombosis and obesity are linked, there should have been given an explanation of their relationship.

3. Sleep apnea as a sleeping disorder can be treated. They should not be taken for granted as they may lead to serious complications as

  • You will have high blood pressure
  • You will likely have a heart attack
  • You will be liable to strokes and
  • Other unpleasant conditions

It is already an established fact that severe cases of sleep apnea can become worrying health issues like a higher danger of high blood pressure levels and consequently heart attacks; also as a higher chance of strokes. Do not discount factors of smoking and obesity. If you think you are coming up with sleep apnea or deep vein thrombosis, be sure to contact your health provider. He is the best person to inform you on what to do. If you have questions about how sleep apnea could affect your venous health, ask a free medical question to a local vein doctor.

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