What long term problems can be caused by sleep apnea?
What long term problems can be caused by sleep apnea? Sleep apnea can contribute to the development of other medical problems. Such problems can include diabetes mellitus; hypertension, otherwise known as high blood pressure; cardiac disease; and cerebrovascular disease. It can also make these problems more difficult to manage. Additionally, because of the development of excessive daytime sleepiness from untreated sleep apnea, individuals may not be functioning at their best during the course of their day. It can also cause difficulty with memory and thought processes.