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March 1, 2008, last updated October 2, 2014
By Susan M. Callahan, Health Editor and Featured Columnist
Do you snore loudly? If you do, you face a higher risk of dying
from stroke and heart disease.
According to a new study of 12, 643 people by Hungarian scientists,
those of us who snore loudly face a 67% higher risk of death from
stroke and a 34% higher risk of death from heart disease.
Most of us snore at some point in our lives, according to the study's
authors. 40% of all men and 24% of women snore, according to
estimates. Until recently, the health risks of snoring have not been
completely understood. With the completion of this study, the
dangers of snoring have been identified.
You are at greatest risk if you snore loudly --true honkers. These
snorers typically experience interruptions in breathing. A small
percentage also regurgitate a bit of food into their mouths,
increasing their risk of choking. Many of these snorers wake
themselves up during the night, rising out of the deep, restful sleep
and entering a lighter less restful level of sleep.
Shallow sleep over a period of time produces a feeling of being
tired all the time, even though you believe you have been asleep for
many hours. Chronic sleep deprivation, caused in part by even
moderate snoring, contributes to elevation of plasma C-reactive
protein in the blood stream, which produces the inflammatory
conditions associated with increased risk of cancer, diabetes, heart
disease and stroke.
Moderate, quiet snorers do not typically have interrupted
breathing and do not face increased risks of stroke and heart
disease. [Update: newer research has found that even light snoring
raises your risk for build up of plaque in your carotid artery that
feeds your brain.]
"Snoring is frequent in the Hungarian adult population, and loud
snoring with breathing pauses, in contrast with quiet snoring, is
associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and
increased health-care utilization.", stated Dr. Andrei Dunai in the
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"Cardiovascular Disease and Health-Care Utilization in Snorers: a Population Survey"
Andrea Dunai, MD, Andras P. Keszei, MD, PhD, Maria S. Kopp, MD,PhD, Colin M.
Shapiro, MBBCh, PhD, FRCPC, Istvan Mucsi, MD, PhD, Marta Novak, MD, PhD
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