Hypertension often goes hand in hand with sleep apnoea

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Treating sleep apnea not only improves sleep quality, but helps manage high blood pressure

Familiar nocturnal snoring, 40-50 seconds without air, pulse rate accelerates to 120, blood oxygen level drops by half, until a person snores to take a breath. And so dozens of times an hour, every night. That snoring prevents others from sleeping and you wake up tired is a nuisance to say the least. All of these symptoms signal a serious health problem that should not be underestimated, and the condition is known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea and hypertension increasingly go hand in hand and have their serious consequences, sometimes even fatal, warns Dr. Ilia Krachunov, head of the pulmonology department at Heart and Brain Hospital in Pleven. He is one of the few specialists in Pleven dealing with the treatment of the disease. In his ten years of experience Dr. Krachunov has helped over 1500 patients with this health problem and over 100 patients since the beginning of the year.

The full article is available here in Bulgarian.

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