A team of doctors from Columbia University have worked to find out how snoring increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. It has long been known that obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is associated with snoring and can lead to cardiovascular disease.
The team studied how cells lining blood vessels are affected by extracting cells in the arm from 76 patients with obstructive sleep apnoea and 52 controls without the disorder.
Dr. Sanja Jelic, associate professor at Columbia and author of the study, reports that OSA patients had high levels of CD59 protein inside of the cell rather than outside leaving the cells vulnerable to attacks by the immune system. The damage to blood vessels is just one way OSA leads to heart problems among other problems.
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