Untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is associated with several health issues including High Blood pressure, Stroke, Diabetes, Obesity, Depression and Atherosclerosis. A recent study of 24 patients who were given either CPAP therapy or no treatment at all, revealed that after 4 months of treatment with CPAP patients experienced a significant decrease in artery thickness. The results suggest that CPAP therapy can significantly improve the early signs of Atherosclerosis in patients with severe OSA.
Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2007 oct1; 176(7): 706-12. Epub 2007 June 7