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It Happened to Carrie Fisher. How Possible Is It to Die from Sleep Apnea?

Heart disease: A common complication associated with sleep apnea

An estimated 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, and most of these cases are undiagnosed. Also, estimations claim that sleep apnea causes at least 38,0000 people to die annually from complications with heart disease.

Those who suffer from heart disease should look at their sleep health. Heart disease kills more people than any other illness, and at least 6% of those deaths are directly related to sleep apnea.

Women also suffer from sleep apnea and cardiac disease, and cardiac problems for women tend to contain nonobstructive coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Carrie Fisher’s autopsy revealed that she suffered from atherosclerosis, a disease that occurs when cholesterol and/or fats attach to artery walls. With atherosclerosis, coronary arteries lose their capability to move blood into and through the heart. Reduced blood flow is a deadly consequence of poor living habits including ignoring sleep apnea.