Sleep apnea is a condition characterized by episodes of stopped breathing during sleep.
Researchers studied the sleep characteristics of almost 11,000 adults in an overnight sleep laboratory. Over a 15 year period, researchers assessed cases where patients had sudden cardiac arrest, compared to the presence of sleep apnea and night time levels of oxygen saturation in the blood.
The study showed 2 factors that resulted in a high risk of sudden cardiac death. These were:
Prof Somers said, “Night time low oxygen saturation in the blood is an important complication of obstructive sleep apnea. Our data showed that an average nighttime oxygen saturation of the blood of 93% and lowest nighttime saturation of 78% strongly predicted SCD, independent of other well-established risk factors, such as high cholesterol.”
He added, “These findings implicate OSA, a relatively common condition, as a novel risk factor for SCD.”
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