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Sleep Apnea May Increase Chances for Cardiac Death

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