A patient in his 40s has been diagnosed with high blood pressure in the past two years, but he has not been able to reduce it after taking a variety of antihypertensive drugs. Recently, his blood pressure has often soared, reaching 240/120mmHg at the highest point. In addition, he still has type 2 diabetes, blood glucose fluctuates up and down, and his blood lipids are higher than ordinary people. Headache, dizziness, memory loss and other physical discomforts made him miserable.
After many medical consultations, the patient finally confirmed his pathogenesis through polysomnography-obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome. After detailed inquiries and examinations, the attending doctor said that through polysomnography and a comprehensive health check, it was confirmed that the culprit of his "three highs" turned out to be snoring. "I do have snoring problems all the time, but I don't know how bad when I fall asleep. I heard what my wife said, but I didn't expect it to be the reason of this."
"Many people have breathlessness when snoring, that is, they snore and stop, over and over again. In fact, sleep is in a state of intermittent hypoxia at this time." The doctor explained that severe hypoxia can cause vasospasm and contraction throughout the body, and at the same time stimulate the contraction of blood vessels in the body. The number of substances has increased, which may cause a rise in blood pressure.
Hyperglycemia and hyperlipidemia are also caused by the same reason, because frequent hypoxia can lead to a variety of cardiovascular diseases, such as insufficient oxygen in the blood and lower cholesterol concentration, then hyperlipidemia will occur. As for coronary heart disease, obesity and inactivity are originally the main causes of coronary heart disease. In addition, frequent breathing pauses, which cause blood oxygen exchange disorders in the body, are also one of the causes.
Therefore, if a patient with sleep apnea has high blood pressure at the same time, then the blood pressure should be lowered and snoring should be treated at the same time. It is recommended that patients use a sleep ventilator for non-invasive ventilation treatment during night sleep, to fundamentally solve the fundamental factors of secondary hypertension, so that patients can regain high-quality sleep and normal blood pressure.