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March 1, 2008, last updated March 30, 2014

By Susan M. Callahan, Associate Editor
and Featured Columnist

[Health and fitness articles are reviewed by our team of Doctors and
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Do you snore loudly?  If you do, you face a higher risk of
dying from stroke and heart disease.

According to a new study of 12,643 people by Hungarian
scientists at Semmelweis University, those of us who snore
loudly  face a 67% higher risk of death from stroke and a
34% higher risk of death from heart disease.  And if you
sleep with someone who snores, you lose an average of 2
hours sleep a night, according to some studies.

Snoring also increases your risk of developing
artherosclerosis of the carotid artery, which sounds like
what it means --the build-up of plaque in your carotid
artery.  In fact, your risk for this type of plaque build-up
and blockage is 10.5 times higher than it is for someone
who does not snore heavily, according to a 2008 study
from researchers at the Ludwig Engel Centre for
Respiratory Research in Australia.

Most of us snore at some point in our lives, according to
the research team.  40% of all men and 24% of women
snore, according to estimates.  

How do you know if you are at risk?  Article Continues

You are at risk, according to the study if you snore loudly.
The highest risk is faced  by those who snore so loudly--
true honkers --that you can hear them from another room.
These snorers, also called "heroic snorers",  also typically
experience a temporary cessation of breathing while
snoring (
sleep apnea).

Researchers speculate that the interruptions in breathing
decrease oxygen flow to the brain which increases risk of

Moderate, quiet snorers do not typically have interrupted
breathing and do not face increased risks of stroke and
heart disease.

"Snoring is frequent in the Hungarian adult population, and
loud snoring with breathing pauses, in contrast with quiet
snoring, is associated with an increased risk of
cardiovascular disease and increased health-care
utilization.", stated Dr. Andrei Dunai in the study's


These same researchers from Semmelweis University in
Hungary conducted a study in 2011 which found that your
risk of snoring increases with greater use of alcohol,
tobacco and coffee.

How do you stop snoring?  Try these  
tips to stop snoring.

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"Cardiovascular Disease and Health-Care Utilization in Snorers: a
Population Survey"
Andrea Dunai, MD, Andras P. Keszei, MD, PhD, Maria S. Kopp, MD,PhD,
Colin M. Shapiro, MBBCh, PhD, FRCPC, Istvan Mucsi, MD, PhD, Marta
Novak, MD, PhD
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