FRIDAY, Aug. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Severe sleep apnea may raise the risk of high blood pressure that’s resistant to drug treatment, a new study finds.
Researchers tracked outcomes for patients with moderate or severe sleep apnea, as well as heart disease or heart disease risk factors. All of the patients had been prescribed at least three high blood pressure medications in the past.
The Cleveland Clinic team reports that about 58 percent of the patients with severe sleep apnea had treatment-resistant high blood pressure, compared to just under 29 percent of those with moderate sleep apnea.
The study couldn’t prove cause-and-effect, but the findings “suggest that severe obstructive sleep apnea contributes to poor blood pressure control despite aggressive medication use,” study lead author Dr. Harneet Walia said in a journal news release.
“Poor blood pressure control in patients taking multiple [blood pressure] medications makes them particularly vulnerable to…
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