Sleep apnoea is a condition in which one’s airways collapse temporarily while one is asleep causing one to wake up with a start. In this study Diego Mazzotti, from the University of Pennsylvania, led a team of researchers looking into the links between sleep apnoea and heart problems. The researchers followed 1,200 adults with moderate to severe sleep apnoea aged 40 and over for 12 years. Those participants who felt excessively sleepy during the day were more than three times as likely to develop heart failure and twice as likely to have a heart attack, heart failure, stroke or die from cardiovascular problems during the course of the study.
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