CBS Highlights the Link between Snoring and the Heart
CBS This Morning recently spent some time discussing the link between snoring and vascular disease. Their guest stressed that snoring is associated with a whole host of adverse health issues, including increased risk of heart attack, stroke and early dementia.
Some of you may know that I have previously discussed snoring’s status as a sort of canary in the coal mine for a wide array of ailments, including depression, heart disease and even diminished IQ in children. The simple fact is that a compromised airway during sleep puts tremendous stress on the heart and lungs, which, over time, can damage these essential structures.
The CBS package focuses largely on thickening of the carotid artery, but it’s safe to say that the association between vascular problems and snoring is systemic. Whether snoring causes these problems, or is simply an associated symptom that shares an underlying cause with them, remains uncertain, but either way it is a problem worth investigating.
If you suffer from serious snoring, it’s possible that nasal polyps or a deviated septum is playing a role. Contact the sinus surgery experts in my practice here to learn more about what you can do.