One of the most concerning problems with sleep apnea is that so many people are undiagnosed. Some studies show that as much as 80% of sufferers have never been to a doctor for the condition.
What’s worse is that many of these people don’t even understand the dangers of sleep apnea.
Please have a look at the following infographic. It was designed to help people understand what sleep apnea can do to the body by comparing it to another health condition: high blood pressure.
Sleep Apnea & Hypertension: Similar Risks
You may be a bit startled to see that sleep apnea and hypertension have such similar risks.
Stroke risk is raised significantly in both conditions. Stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is cut off.
High blood pressure puts strain on your heart, increasing the risk of heart disease, including heart failure and angina.
High blood pressure can also damage organs that interact with blood, such as kidneys, which filter the blood, or sexual organs, which use blood flow to become tumescent.
All of these risks and more are shared by sleep apnea, which can be a deadly condition.
Help Spread Awareness About Sleep Apnea
If you are looking to spread awareness about sleep apnea, there are several things you can do.
First, you can share the infographic. This is an easy way to let people know about the serious risks of sleep apnea.
Second, make sure friends and family around take snoring and sleep apnea seriously. Many people consider snoring to be nothing more than a nuisance, but they need to understand that it’s a warning sign for sleep apnea and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Finally, if you suspect you have sleep apnea, get treatment and share your story. People need to understand the condition in a personal way, too.