SLEEPtember Speaker Series Recap: High Blood Pressure

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By Eugena Brooks

The SLEEPtember Campaign started off with a great opening! There was a patient panel discussion with Robert Thomas, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. The panel talked about the correlations between sleep apnea patients with high blood pressure.

#SLEEPtember Take Aways for High Blood Pressure are:

1. Sleep apnea does play a role in causing high blood pressure along with diet, alcohol and caffeine.

2. Early interventions are important to avoid degrading health and improving any one of these risk factors can lower your blood pressure.

3. Studies have also found that in instances where a person’s blood pressure is being treated but is not fully regulated, sleep apnea treatment does help.

4. The impact of sleep upon blood pressure and how during sleep blood pressure tends to naturally dip lower.

5. How apnea can lead to irregular heartbeat leading to Atrial fibrillation (A-Fib), clotting, and stroke. If you didn’t get a chance to tune in LIVE, do check it out on YouTube.