Sleep Apnea May Increase Chances for Cardiac Death

Published 06/12 2013 02:13PM

Updated 06/12 2013 02:16PM

People with sleep apnea are more likely to die from sudden cardiac death than the general population.

Sleep apnea occurs when a person stops breathing for ten seconds or more at least five times an hour.

A new study of ten thousand people with the condition finds they are more likely to have a sudden heart attack -- especially those over age sixty with a severe case of sleep apnea.

Doctors say treating it may not only improve quality of life for patients and their spouses, but could be a life-saver.

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