Snoring has its share of health risks and now the Henry Ford Hospital Sleep Center reveals notable facts that associates the sleep abnormality with cardiovascular diseases.
Apparently snoring thickens the carotid arteries – the main arteries to the head and the neck. The findings were reported at the 2013 Combined Sections Meeting of the Trilogical Society in Scotsdale, Arizona, courtesy of Robert Deeb, M.D., and Kathleen Yaremchuk, M.D.
Apparently when a person snores, the walls of the pharynx relax and narrow the opening of the back of the mouth and the pharynx. The walls get very close to each other and touch, causing vibrations as the air passes through.
The impact of these vibrations are felt by the carotid arteries as well as other blood vessels in the head and neck and seem, according to this study, to result in enlargements of the vessel walls.