apnea

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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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Dr. Phil Zapanta answered:

What is apnea? What kind of dr do you see for this?

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Apnea is cessation of breathing when you are sleeping. This is either "central" or "obstructive." Central is more of a brainstem issue whie obstructive is due to your airway collapsing. In order to breathe again you need to wake yourself up. This is a BIG problem when you do this every single hour of sleep every night. ENTs, pulmonologists, and neurologists are best equipped to treat this.
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How are apnea and asphyxia differeent?

Apnea

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this is simply stopping breathing, asphyxia is a low oxygen level - more correctly hypoxemia. apnea can cause hypoxemia.
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Is sleep apnea inherited?

Yes

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Yes, it is often inherited, but not always. One reason has to do with the fact that we look similar to our relatives. The facial bone growth determines the size of the airway and may be narrow in families with sleep apnea. Other familial factors may be obesity, size of tonsils and adenoids, muscle tone and how we breathe when we sleep.
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Dr. Aaron Milstone answered:

What is sleep apnea?

Closed airway

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Sleep apnea is the closure of the airway or significant narrowing of the airway during sleep. Risk factors include being male, being overweight, having a large neck, being a snorer and having daytime sleepiness. Sleep apnea increases your risk of stroke, heart attack and high blood pressure.
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Dr. Edward Neilsen answered:

what is sleep apnea?

Not breathing

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Apnea is breath-holding, or not breathing. Some people have periods of time they don't breath while they are asleep. Sometimes it is related to body weight, other times it is neurological. Treatment usually involves weight loss, mouthguards to reposition the mouth, or even CPAP. If not treated, this can lead to lung/heart problems, chronic fatigue, weight gain, and high blood pressure.
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What causes you to get sleep apnea?

Not just weight

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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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What exactly is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea

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Sleep apnea is stoppage in expiratory breathing. It is usually obstructive in nature and results in increased lung pressures as one breathes out at night. It can also be centrally mediated from the brain center for breathing.
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I need info on Sleep Apnea and CPAP???

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Sleep apnea is the condition of airway obstruction when sleeping, resulting in not getting enough oxygen. This leads to complications such as high blood pressure and daytime sleepiness. It is more common in obese individuals with a large neck. Wt. loss can bring improvement. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is an effective treatment that holds the airway open while sleeping.
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What is sleep apnea like?

Apnea = Suffocation

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Like being underwater; unable to breathe. When the CO2 in blood gets too high, you blast to surface for a big gasp of air. OSA occurs when airway is blocked during sleep, muscles flaccid/paralyzed. When CO2 is too high, brain enters crisis mode, lightens the level of sleep to permit ACTIVE muscle control and permit a big gasp to replenish O2, then back to deep sleep to do it again. Get OSA treated
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Dr. Sherin Ibrahim answered:

How to determine if I have sleep apnea?

NPSG

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An NPSG is a formal overnight sleep study. You would be monitored for breathing, muscle activity, heart rate, oxygen level and brainwave activity. Typically an AHI (Apnea Hypopnea Index) is calculated to determine if you are positive. A minimum of an AHI = 5 is needed to be positive. An AHI of 5-14 is mild, 15-29 is moderate and >30 is severe.
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