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Understanding the Shared Risks of Sleep Apnea and Hypertension

A diagram connecting the shared risks of sleep apnea and hypertension.

Many people know that high blood pressure is a serious concern. It’s a major risk factor for developing heart disease and it can cause systemic damage throughout the body. The extent to which this knowledge is known and appreciated is reflected in the fact that about 70% of Americans with high blood pressure are getting treatment, typically medications.

However, when it comes to sleep apnea, perhaps as much as 80% of people with the condition remain undiagnosed. That’s why it’s important to promote the link between these two conditions, and show the links between them and why sleep apnea needs to get more attention.

Why an Infographic Is a Good Way to Convey the Information

So what made us decide that an infographic would be a good way to convey this information? We looked at several key benefits of the infographic format that make it ideal for this purpose.

First, an infographic lets us convey a lot of information quickly. Instead of reading through a long page, you can just quickly scan the image and get a basic idea of all the major points. Sure, an infographic doesn’t provide much detailed information, but it provides a basic grounding that can serve as a starting point for your own research.

Second, an infographic is very shareable. The Internet is a very visual culture, and images are much more likely to be shared than blog posts. It’s just the way it is. So if we want to try to reach all the people who don’t understand the risks related to sleep apnea, this is a good way to do it.

Finally, an infographic allows us to reach a different segments of our audience, an infographic can do that. We regularly blog on sleep apnea and its dangers, so if someone were likely to read text about it, they have probably done it already. But if they haven’t done it already, this infographic gives them a good way to get the same information without reading.

If You Have Hypertension, Suspect Sleep Apnea

Another important message we want to convey is that sleep apnea is very common among people who have high blood pressure. In fact, if your blood pressure isn’t responding to medications, it’s almost certain that sleep apnea is a contributing factor.

If you are concerned about the health impacts of your sleep apnea, we can help. Please call (229) 242-5511 today for an appointment with Valdosta, GA sleep dentist Dr. Nelson Clements.

July 12th, 2017|Hypertension|