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Simple Snoring No Threat

Snoring that is not accompanied by sleep apnoea does not raise the risk of cardiovascular disease, researchers at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research have concluded.

Dr Nathaniel Marshall looked at the health outcomes of 380 people who were tested for sleep apnoea and snoring in 1990. Unlike many studies that rely on self-reporting, this one used monitoring devices. In the following 17 years those who snored, but did not suffer sleep apnoea, were no more likely to die or suffer cardiovascular disease.

“We do know already from this study that sleep apnoea increases cardiovascular disease risk,” Marshall said. “Some of our colleagues are also looking closely to see whether snoring by itself might increase stroke risk in people who are highly...

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