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Study: Women with sleep apnea at increased risk for cardiac issues

BOSTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Women with sleep apnea were more likely to have a heart attack than women without the condition, researchers found in a long-term study. The study found no link in men between sleep apnea and incidence of any cardiovascular event.

Men are twice as likely as women to have sleep apnea, however weight and age can increase the chances women will develop it, according to the Mayo Clinic.

"The finding that sleep apnea is associated with evidence of early heart injury and an elevation in long term risk of heart failure, coronary heart disease, enlargement of the heart muscle, and death in women highlights the importance of sleep apnea screening and treatment for women, a group who often are not routinely screened for sleep apnea," said Dr. Susan Redline, an associate clinical director in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women's Hospital, in a press release.

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