Sleep Apnea During Pregnancy Is Risky For Mom & Baby

I’ve written about the many dangers of untreated obstructive sleep apnea for adults and children, but what happens if you’re pregnant and have obstructive sleep apnea? A recent study showed that it can be very dangerous: Babies born to mothers with obstructive sleep apnea are more likely to be admitted to the neonatal ICU (46 vs. 18%) Mothers […]

New High Blood Pressure Treatment: Missing Sleep Apnea?

I ran across this article in the Wall Street Journal detailing a new surgical procedure that treats people with medication  resistant high blood pressure. The procedure involves placing catheters in the reman artery, and cutting or ablating the nerves that supply the nerve ending that reach the kidneys. The criteria for entry include resistance to […]

High Blood Pressure In Pregnancy Raises Child’s Heart Risk

Having high blood pressure during pregnancy (also called preeclampsia) was found to increase the offspring’s risk of having high blood pressure in childhood and young adulthood. This study published in Pediatrics analyzed 18 studies and looked at cardiovascular risk factors in people exposed to high blood pressure during pregnancy. Those that were exposed had a […]

CPAP May Prevent High Blood Pressure

Here are results from two European studies that suggest that treating obstructive sleep apnea with CPAP may prevent the onset of high blood pressure. One observational study showed that having normotensive patients with sleep apnea at baseline had a 29% lower risk of developing hypertension if they used CPAP after 12 years. Another randomized study showed […]

Why Hypertension Is More Lethal For African Americans

Blacks with high blood pressure were found to be twice as likely to suffer sudden cardiac death compared to other racial groups. A study published in HeartRhythm found that this was the case regardless of other other factors such as age, gender, family history, weight, diabetes or previous history of heart disease. What they don’t mention is that […]