A 55-year-old male asked:
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Can sleep apnea cause difficulty breathing throughout the day?

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Dr. Nestor Del rosario
33 years experience in Addiction Medicine
No: Sleep apnea is a disordered breathing during sleep. Most of those with sleep apnea are overweight and due to the pressure of the chest can have difficulty breathing anytime but not because of the sleep apnea. The are others like pickwickian syndrome or hypoventilation syndrome which can be present when awake. Also be aware of other conditions such as the heart or copd.
Answered on Feb 6, 2014
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