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Does sleep apnea make it harder to control blood pressure?

Sleep apnea is a repetitive blockage of the upper airway that stops your breathing. Watch Timothy L. Grant, MD, medical director of the Baptist Sleep Center of Baptist Health South Florida, explain how sleep apnea can affect your blood pressure.
Steven C. Smart, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Yes. Sleep apnea dramatically worsens blood pressure control and the effects of blood pressure on your heart, blood vessels, organs, and lungs.

Yes, sleep apnea may cause high blood pressure and make it more difficult to control. Signs of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may also include snoring and daytime sleepiness. If you suspect that you have OSA, schedule a visit with your doctor.

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