The Snore Cure

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Sleep Away High Blood Pressure
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Halt of all people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have high blood pressure. Now, researchers at the University of Alabama have discovered one reason why.

In a random check of 78 people with treatment-resistant high blood pressure, 49 had confirmed or suspected OSA. They frequently stopped breathing during sleep, sometimes for more than a minute, and often snored. Many also had high aldosterone, a hormone that can boost blood pressure. (Presented at the 2002 conference of the American Heart Association's Council for High Blood Pressure Research) If you have high blood pressure, ask your doctor if OSA could be behind it; treating sleep apnea may lower aldosterone levels and improve blood pressure.

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Edited by Sari Harrar

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