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Snoring May Signal Heart Disease, Stroke Risk
A recent study has found that snoring could be a risk factor for potentially life-threatening illness.
By Dr. Sanjay Gupta
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A new study reveals that snoring may be a risk factor for some serious health problems. Kathleen Yaremchuk, MD, of the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, led a study that found among frequent snorers there was an increased thickening of the two large blood vessels that supply blood to the brain.
Not only is this a possible indicator for heart disease and stroke down the line, it means that snoring might soon be considered a health risk – much like sleep apnea.
Most surprisingly, the study found that the risk factor for abnormalities in the carotid artery is greater for those who snore than for those with high cholesterol, have a history of smoking, and even those with a body mass index that puts them in the obese or morbidly obese category.
Currently, insurance companies view snoring as a cosmetic issue and don’t cover treatment. However, findings from studies like this one might encourage insurers to change their position.
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