Snoring isn't just a nuisance, it's a health risk just like sleep apnea, high blood pressure or other cardiovascular disease risk factors.

Don’t Ignore the Snore: Snoring May Be Early Sign of Future Health ...

... Snoring may put you at a greater risk than those who are overweight, smoke or have high cholesterol to have thickening or abnormalities in the carotid artery, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

The increased thickening in the lining of the two large blood vessels that supply the brain with oxygenated blood is a precursor to atherosclerosis, a hardening of the arteries responsible for many vascular diseases.

"Snoring is more than a bedtime annoyance and it shouldn't be ignored. Patients need to seek treatment in the same way they would if they had sleep apnea, high blood pressure or other risk factors for cardiovascular disease," says lead study author Robert Deeb, M.D., with the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Henry Ford.

The study reveals changes in the carotid artery with snorers -- even for those without sleep apnea -- likely due to the trauma and subsequent inflammation caused by the vibrations of snoring.

... instead of kicking your snoring bed partner out of the room or spending sleepless nights elbowing him or her, seek out medical treatment for the snorer." [emphasis mine]

I was a heavy snorer years ago, and had surgery to remove the uvula and part of the soft palate. Apparently that elective surgery was a smart health choice.

Tags: cardiovascular disease, snoring

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