We usually think of snoring as a harmless annoyance.
Yes, it’s loud and it may keep your partner (and you) up at night. But doctors often consider its sister, disease sleep apnea, to be much more dangerous.
But a new study just presented a study at a meeting of the Radiological Society of North America revealed the real danger of snoring.
In fact, it’s death toll makes it the #1 killer in today’s society.
The researchers obtained the information they analyzed from the UK Biobank, a research project that recorded the health of 500,000 volunteers over time.
They then analyzed the data of 4,877 of these volunteers for whom cardiac MRI scans were available.
Study subjects were divided into three groups: 118 of them who had been diagnosed with sleep apnea, 1,886 who self-reported as being snorers, and 2,477 who reported neither of the two.
Compared with the unaffected group, both sleep apnea sufferers and snorers were more likely to have enlarged left ventricles.
The left ventricle is the bottom left chamber of your heart. It is the largest of your heart’s chambers and the main pumping chamber, and it is responsible for pumping oxygen-rich blood to your whole body.
Enlargement of the ventricle and thickening of its walls, which is caused by snoring and sleep apnea in this study, are big problems that are similar to those caused by high blood pressure.
It means that your heart has to work harder and would thereby eventually lead to heart failure.