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A 28-year-old female asked:

Waking up choking while sleeping. happens few times a year. i wake up grasping for breath and palpitating?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
Sleep apnea?: This sounds like sleep apnea, i.e. intermittent airway blockage while sleeping. It's especially likely if you are obese and/or if you snore when sleeping. Untreated sleep apnea can contribute to serioius heart and lung disease. See a doctor soon. Good luck!
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