Sleep Apnea Can Double the Risk of Sudden Death, Study Finds

In a new study, researchers from Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey found that patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea have a considerably higher risk of sudden death compared to those without the condition.Sleep Apnea Can Double the Risk of Sudden Death, Study Finds

For their study, a team of researchers performed the quantitative analysis that included a combined total of more than 42,000 individuals from all over the world. The average age of participants was 62 years old, and 64% of them were men.

The analysis showed that people with obstructive sleep apnea had almost double the risk to experience sudden death than those who did not have the condition. The study also found that obstructive sleep apnea resulted in a nearly twofold risk of cardiovascular death that increased with age.

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