I know what you’re thinking, “not another connection to sleep apnea.” It might seem like the connections with sleep apnea are endless, but that just means we continue to improve our knowledge for improved care. Another condition that might develop with untreated sleep apnea is blood clots in the lung.
The Sleep Apnea Connection
Patients who are suffering from sleep apnea are at an increased risk for blood clots in the lungs. And, those who have had at least one pulmonary embolism have a 30% higher risk of developing another one in their lifetime. A future pulmonary embolism, or PE, carries a nine percent higher risk of mortality (oh no!).
Treatment for a PE is an anticoagulant, which is commonly associated with a risk of bleeding. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) shares many of the same risk factors with pulmonary embolism. If you suffer from OSA, you are at a high risk of recurring blood clots in the lung.
By visiting Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Center of Georgia, we can help protect you from further harm or refer you to an appropriate doctor. Remember, untreated sleep apnea leads to further complications, so seek treatment as soon as possible.