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What forms of cardiovascular disease are associated with sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common and serious sleep disorder that affects many people with cardiovascular disease and consists of a series of pauses in breathing during sleep due to temporary airway obstruction.
Even if you do not yet have cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea increases your risk for cardiovascular disease. Sleep apnea increases your risk for high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. People with sleep apnea are also more likely to have heart attacks and die in the middle of the night. And stroke and abnormal heart rhythm problems (atrial fibrillation) are associated with sleep apnea. 
If you experience daytime sleepiness or snore while you sleep, you may wish to talk with your physician about being tested for sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea, your physician can help you identify appropriate treatment.

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