3 out of 4 Patients with High Blood Pressure suffer from Sleep Apnea and is associated with an increased frequency of high blood pressure in patients that did not already suffer from high blood pressure. An increased risk of high blood pressure was found even at moderate levels of sleep apnea. Since sleep apnea is more common in overweight individuals--who
are already at a higher risk of high blood pressure we see many patients with blood pressure issues.
High blood pressure can cause hardening or narrowing of the arteries, according to Ramos, which sometimes restricts blood flow to organs and tissues. Narrowed arteries are more prone to plaque buildup, which can further restrict blood flow.
Patients with sleep apnea and hard-to-control high blood pressure see their blood pressure drop if they treat the sleep disorder. We have seen many of our patients lower or completely get off of their blood pressure medication.