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Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Overview)

This is the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more. Most apnea is obstructive being caused by collapse or obstruction of the airway leading to lack of air flow. However, it can be a central process, where the respiratory center of the brain fails to signal the respiratory respiratory system to initiate a breath. Lastly, some apnea is mixed central and obstructive in nature.


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What causes apnea?Can stress be a reason?

What causes apnea?Can stress be a reason?

Usually not.: However, many people who are stressed drink alcohol which can exacerbate sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is usually caused by the obstruction of the airways when the soft tissue relaxes and collapses in on itself. Let your doctor know about your concerns - sleep apnea is associated with certain other medical problems and should be taken seriously. Good luck!

Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Overview)

This is the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more. Most apnea is obstructive being caused by collapse or obstruction of the airway leading to lack of air flow. However, it can be a central process, where the respiratory center of the brain fails to signal the respiratory respiratory system to initiate a breath. Lastly, some apnea is mixed central and obstructive in nature.


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What does it mean that apnea stops during last stages of death?

What does it mean that apnea stops during last stages of death?

Meaningless: Perhaps there is a misunderstanding. Apnea means "not breathing", and the loss of the drive to breathe is generally (not always) one of the last things to go in the dying process. Maybe the writer meant "breathing stops, that is called apnea".

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Apnea (Tip)

Tell your doctor that you snore really loudly at night, and are wiped out when you wake up. ...See more

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Living with Sleep Apnea (Checklist)

Use your CPAP regularly
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Get 7-8 hours of sleep nightly
daily
Don't drink alcohol
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Never drive sleepy
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How do you treat central sleep apnea?

How do you treat central sleep apnea?

Depends: First the cause of the central sleep apnea should be treated. Very sophisticated machines called asv (adaptive servoventilation) can treat the central sleep apnea.

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What surgery treats sleep apnea?

What surgery treats sleep apnea?

Many different types: The surgery depends on where the anatomical problem is. If the only problem is extremely large tonsils then tonsillectomy can be curative. More often it is a combination of airway problems including the back of the throat and the tongue. The most successful operations move the tongue forward or reduce the size of the back of the tongue opening the airway. An ENT evaluation can be helpful.

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I am being treated: hypothyroid, slp apnea, tryglicer, lw test & vertigo. Are they part of a bigger problem or unlucky to have as seperate illness?

I am being treated: hypothyroid, slp apnea, tryglicer, lw test & vertigo. Are they part of a bigger problem or unlucky to have as seperate illness?

Maybe both: It sounds like several of these problems may be due to being overweight. If that is the case, probably the best thing you can do for your health is to begin a serious diet and exercise program, but be sure to check with your physician before starting an exercise regimen. !

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How effective are cpaps at treating obstructive sleep apnea?

How effective are cpaps at treating obstructive sleep apnea?

Extremely: CPAP that is is properly fitted by therapists who know what they are doing is extremely effective.

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What is the first treatment for sleep apnea?

What is the first treatment for sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: Several possibilities: losing weight. See an ear nose & throat specialist to evaluate your tonsils, adenoids and sinus wear a CPAP or a custom made dental device that holds your jaw forward while you sleep thereby increasing the airway.

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What are treatments for obstructive sleep apnea?

What are treatments for obstructive sleep apnea?

Apnea treatments: Treatment choices include; weight loss, change in sleep position, surgery, positive pressure(cpap) and oral appliances.

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Cure of sleep apnea?

Cure of sleep apnea?

No cure: There is high failure rate of surgical procedures for sleep apnea. Best treatment is the CPAP mask adjusted to the right pressure. There are some that automatically adjust themselves for the best pressure. Need to get the most comfortable mask & less noisy machine .Complications of surgery include airway obstruction, bleeding, hematoma, infection, pain, death, dysphagia, velopharyngeal etc...

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I have sleep apnea & use c-pap will i always have this forever? Am about 20lbs overweight. Would losing weight help get rid of apnea?

I have sleep apnea & use c-pap will i always have this forever? Am about 20lbs overweight. Would losing weight help get rid of apnea?

Losing weight helps: You may get second opinion and have proper oral appliance made to replace your CPAP if you can not tolerate the mask.

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Central apnea--do I need drug or cpap?

It depends: You may need both or either one depending on how one may benefit you over the other. CPAP can still help central apnea but a bit more tricky. You should have more discussion with a sleep medicine doctor to get a game plan to improve your quality of life.

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What do I have to do for mild spleeping apnea?

Multifactorial: There are many things that you can do. If you truly have mild sleep apnea diagnosed by sleep study, CPAP machine use can be helpful but weight-loss and avoiding sleeping on your back can be conservative measures. Surgical options exist but they're the most beneficial for patients with true anatomic problems.

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Shall I put the cpap forever to prevent apnea, or I can be cured? And how I can be cured?

Lose weight: Most people with sleep apnea are overweight, though not all are. If you are overweight, losing the excess pounds can cure sleep apnea. If you are not overweight, sometimes there is a structural problem that causes sleep apnea that can be corrected surgically. As long as you have sleep apnea, you should use cpap. It will decrease your blood pressure and has many other benefits.

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If people work to stay slim, can they be reasonably certain to avoid getting sleep apnea?

If people work to stay slim, can they be reasonably certain to avoid getting sleep apnea?

No: Body weight is but one risk factor for sleep apnea. A significant number of people with sleep apnea have a normal bmi. The risk of sleep apnea increases with age regardless of weight. In brief, your chances are better if you stay slim, but you are far from certain.

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My mom gets obstructive sleep apnea, so am I likely to get it later?

Maybe: This condition tends to occur in about 1/3 of family members. However it is related to being overweight, alcohol intake and certain physical characteristics of your upper airways. So if you resemble your mom, this would add to the possibility.

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What causes you to get sleep apnea?

What causes you to get sleep apnea?

Not just weight: Anatomy is king. Obstructive sleep apnea happens in a small airway "box". The airway can be small if what's in it takes up space or if the box is smaller. Weight gain increases tongue size and the thickness of the side walls of the throat. Tonsils may be large. Small jaw size, often inherited , will increase the risk of osa . Low muscle tone is also a factor.

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Is sleep apnea genetic? What are symptoms of it

Is sleep apnea genetic? What are symptoms of it

R/O OSA: RARELY : OSA can be suggested by history and physical. Excess snoring/daytime sleepiness/apneic episodes/ aM headaches. And the Exam obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night/CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. You are young CPAP vs ENT FOR UPP EVAL.

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