Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea Risks

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What are the risks?

Sleep apnea can have both short and long term health risks if left untreated, including:


  • High blood pressure
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Heart disease/heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Driving and work-related accidents


traffic accidents on European roads are considered to be the result of sleepiness at the wheel.

Sleepiness at the wheel - White Paper  


risk of having a stroke in patients with untreated moderate sleep apnea.

Goldstein et al, Guidelines for the Primary Prevention of Stroke. A Guideline for Healthcare Professionals From the American Heart Association/American Stroke, Stroke, Dec 5, 2010.

"When I realised I was at risk of a heart attack it gave me a kick up the back side.”

Michael Pickersgill, patient

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