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How does sleep apnea affect my heart?

Sleep apnea can affect the heart over time, if not appropriately treated.

Sleep apnea can cause a condition called pulmonary hypertension, or high blood pressure in the blood vessels of the lungs. This condition puts extra strain on the heart and over time can cause heart failure. In heart failure, the heart can become enlarged or thickened and not pump blood effectively. The most effective way to prevent this complication of sleep apnea is to use CPAP therapy as directed by your physician.

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