Many people with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) develop high blood pressure (hypertension). If you have high blood pressure, your risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, such as a heart attack or stroke, is also increased.
Currently, it is uncertain whether people develop hypertension as a direct response to OSA, or whether it is the result of an underlying cause of OSA, such as obesity. However, maintaining a healthy weight, taking regular exercise and eating a healthy, balanced diet is the best way of preventing hypertension.
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