Treating Sleep Apnea Might Ease High Blood Pressure

(HealthDay News) – A type of treatment for the sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea significantly lowered blood pressure in men with hypertension, researchers have found.

The new study included 221 men who were newly diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and also had either high blood pressure (hypertension) or type 2 diabetes. Obstructive sleep apnea causes disrupted sleep and pauses in breathing during the night.

The men were prescribed continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy to treat their sleep apnea. CPAP uses mild air pressure to keep airways open while a patient sleeps.

Significant decreases in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings (the top and bottom numbers in the reading) were seen in the men at three to six months after starting CPAP therapy, and also when tested again at nine to 12 months after starting the treatment.


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