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Obstructive sleep apnea linked to heart disease, especially in women

Studies show women who snore pose greater cardiac risk

Snoring is something most of us have to deal with, whether it’s us or our significant other. But can this nuisance have an effect on our heart health? For women, the answer might be yes, according to a new study.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a severe form of snoring. It occurs when throat muscles relax and block the airway during sleep. This is what causes the loud snoring we’re all familiar with, but what makes it different is it also causes a person to gasp for air during sleep — disrupting deep sleep — as well as dry mouth, irritability and daytime fatigue.