Sleep apnea can contribute to a range of conditions

The side-effects of sleep apnea

Research shows that sleep apnea is associated with many serious medical conditions. Left untreated, it can be a contributing risk factor for a wide range of health risks.

If you have sleep apnea the following risks increase:

Stroke (blood clots in the brain)

People with sleep apnea are 3 times more likely to suffer a stroke. Almost 70% of people who have had a stroke have sleep apnea.1

Heart attack

People with sleep apnea may have an increased risk of suffering a heart attack.2

High blood pressure

50% of people with high blood pressure also may have sleep apnea and sleep apnea is a common cause of high blood pressure.3 Patients on multiple medications to manage their blood pressure have an 83% chance of having sleep apnea.4

Type 2 diabetes

58% Of patients with type 2 diabetes may have sleep apnea.5


77% of people who are obese (body mass index greater than 30) may have sleep apnea.6


Sleep apnea doubles the risk of developing depression.7

Motor vehicle accidents

People with sleep apnea are 7 times more likely to have a motor vehicle accident.8

Job impairment

People with sleep apnea are 3 times more likely to suffer a work-related injury or fatalities.9

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