Snoring may be more than just a nuisance

Snoring is something most people deal with, whether they are to blame or partners. But most don’t know it could also affect their heart.

In a new study from the Radiological Society of America, researchers looked at the hearts of more than 4,000 healthy people by MRI. They then asked the group to report if they suffer from snoring. Sever snoring or obstructive sleep apnea can cause heart dysfunction.

However, these results showed that there is actually a physical change in the heart that can occur. That change is an increased mass or heaviness of the left ventricle, part of the heart that pumps blood to the body. Having a large ventricle can affect the strength and efficiency of the heart.

The study’s results also showed a difference among genders. Women were affected more than men. While more research needs to be done, this research may open up new ways to battle heart disease.

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