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Apnea (Definition)

Apnea is a symptom in which a person stops breathing for a period of time (about 10-20 seconds) and then starts breathing again. Babies can get apnea from some types of infections. Adults can have sleep apnea, often related to loud snoring and some blockage of the airway.

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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! ...Read more

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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". ...Read more

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Sleep apnea (Tip)

Sleep apnea

Myth: people who aren't overweight can't have obstructive sleep apnea. ...See more

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Living with Sleep Apnea (Checklist)

Use your CPAP regularly
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Get a good amount of sleep
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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Sleep apnea (Tip)

Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea 101: approximately 20 million people in the us have obstructive sleep apnea. (asaa). ...See more

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Living with Sleep Apnea (Checklist)

Use your machine or appliance nightly
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If applicable, losing some weight could lesson symptoms
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Avoid alcohol before bed when possible
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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. ! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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