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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013 2:55 pm | Updated: 3:01 pm, Thu Dec 12, 2013.

There may be a way for people with obstructive sleep apnea to lower their blood pressure without adding medications.

A new Spanish study finds using continuous positive airway pressure, or C-PAP, can help to bring their blood pressure down.

researchers in Valencia, Spain studied the effects c-pap might have on people with obstructed sleep apnea, who also had high blood pressure, and were taking 3 or more medications to control it.

They received C-PAP treatments for 12 weeks and results show a decrease in their 24-hour average blood pressure, their diastolic blood pressure, and an improvement in their nighttime blood pressure pattern, too.

Researchers say more studies are needed to determine the long-term effects, but continuous positive airway pressure may provide a way for people to lower their blood pressure without additional medications.

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