Cardiovascular Response from Severe Obstructive to Snoring
It is often said snoring should be taken seriously, why is that? No one denies it is a nuisance and can cause insomnia in the bed partner, but is this the only reason? There are those that don’t believe snoring is a serious medical condition but a symptom of a more serious disease; OSA. The following images are meant to invite opinions on this issue.
In this image we see the fluctuations in heart rate occurring in conjunction with crescendo snoring.
This next image is an obstructive apnea that has brady-tachycardia which is a normal response of the cardiovascular system.
The image below is alarming for a couple of reasons: first is the severe nature of the apnea but also in the lack of response of the cardiovascular system to the severe OSA and desaturation.
There are signs snoring has a strong a impact on the cardiovascular system, conversely there is a severe condition we can dectect via HST when we observe severe OSA and desaturations assocaited with a lack of brady-tachycardia.
Author: Jeff Wyscarver, RPSGT.