Loud Snoring Associated With Higher Stroke And Heart Disease Risk

If you have a loud snorer, there is a good chance that the risk of stroke and heart disease is higher as compared to people who do not snore, Hungarian scientists say a new study of 12643 participants.

Please read in the journal Sleep .

The authors explain that any snores, to a certain degree at some time in their lives. Estimates indicate that approximately 40% of men and 24% of women snore regularly. Although previous studies had pointed there may be a link between habitual snoring and stroke and heart attack risk, this one has more compelling evidence.

The researchers interviewed 12643 people at home about their snoring - they represented 0.16% of the Hungarian population over the age of 18 years by age, sex and 150 sub-regions of the country.

The scientists reported that, according to their study, 37% of men and 21% of women reported loud snoring with stops breathing. 26% of respondents reported that hypertension (high blood pressure), 3% had myocardial infarction, and 4% had a stroke. They found that a loud snorer has a 67% higher risk of stroke compared to people who do not snore, the risk of heart attack by 34% higher in loud snoring.

It seems that the quiet snoring not run a higher risk of heart disease and /or stroke, compared to people who do not snore, said the scientists.

The authors concluded, "Snoring is common in the Hungarian adult population, and breaks with loud snoring, breathing, as opposed to quiet snoring, is associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular diseases and increased utilization of health care. "

"Cardiovascular Disease and Health Care Utilization in Snorers: A Population Survey"

Andrea Dunai, MD, Andras P. Keszei, MD, PhD, Maria P. Kopp, MD, PhD, Colin M. Shapiro, MBBCh, PhD, FRCPC, Istvan Mucsi, MD, PhD, Marta Novak, MD, PhD

SLEEP , Volume 31, Issue 03, pages 411-416

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Written by - Christian Nordqvist

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