Sleep apnea affects women too, study finds

September 10, 2012 2:24:57 PM PDT
Most people think of sleep apnea as a man's problem. But a new study finds half of women may have this problem too.

A Swedish study found fully half of 400 women given overnight sleep tests turned out to have mild to severe sleep apnea.

Many of the women in the study represent mild cases of sleep apnea. But researchers say they should be monitored.

Sleep apnea is tied to a higher risk of stroke, heart attack and early death.

They add women who are obese, over 55 or have hypertension are probably at higher risk.