High Blood Pressure (or Hypertension) is perhaps the most common chronic health condition in the United States. Hypertension causes heart attacks, heart failure, strokes, and other dangerous medical problems. The typical approach to managing hypertension includes using one or more medications to reduce blood pressure, in hopes of delaying complications. This article clearly demonstrates that patients suffering from hypertension who are treated for sleep apnea experience a major improvement in blood pressure control, compared to those who are not treated for sleep apnea. In addition, treating patients for sleep apnea who are at risk for high blood pressure may actually prevent hypertension.
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