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Kristin Hayes, R.N.

Snoring Could Be a Sign of Serious Illness

By January 28, 2013

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Snoring often goes hand in hand with a condition called sleep apnea, in which a person periodically stops breathing while they are asleep, however, new research reveals other dangerous health conditions associated with snoring.

According to a study at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit people who snore are also much more likely to have thickening of their carotid artery, a condition called artherosclerosis. The thickening of these arteries can severely limit blood flow to your brain. This also weakens arterial walls and makes you more likely to have an aneurysm or stroke. The patients in this particular study snored but did not have sleep apnea. This indicates that snoring in and of itself leads to thickening of the carotid arteries.

Snoring is usually caused by tissue that blocks the airway when you lay down. To stop snoring you may need to lose weight, or have underlying ENT disorders such as sinusitis or a deviated septum treated. For more information read: How to Stop Snoring.

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