Loud snoring has been associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. According to a study of more than 12,000 individuals in Hungary , it was found that loud snorers ,compared with people who do not snore are 40% more likely to have hypertension, 34% more likely to have a heart attack and 67% more likely to have a stroke, even after taking into consideration risk factors such as age, obesity and smoking. However, among women soft snoring was associated only with an increased risk of hypertension. Among both sexes loud snoring was linked with an increased utilization of health care/hospital resources. Therefore the results suggest that Loud snoring is not only associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, but also with a higher rate of health care utilization.
SLEEP vol 32(7) Wed July 01, 2009