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Can you die from obstructive sleep apnea?

Can you die from obstructive sleep apnea?

Indirectly: Untreated sleep apnea causes drops in oxygen levels during sleep, this causes a release of catecholamines which are of "stress hormones". Over time this can increase the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and pulmonary hypertension. Overtime these can lead to death. In addition the sleep deprivation leads to increase car accidents, which can be fatal. Treatment helps avoid this. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Sleep apnea has two causes. It may be 'central' or 'obstructive'. Central apnea occurs as a disorder in the way the brain controls breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea is much more common and involves an anatomical blockage of the airway. Usually, the tongue blocks the airway, preventing the passage of air between the a sleep study is needed to diagnose particular ...Read more


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Can you die from obstructive sleep apnea? What causes death? Is it preventable? What test do you need to have run on you?

Can you die from obstructive sleep apnea? What causes death? Is it preventable? What test do you need to have run on you?

Obstructive : Obstructive sleep apnea is a chronic condition that is tough on your body. It happens when your airway closes off as you sleep causing disrupted sleep, snoring and fatigue and sleepiness the next day. Osa causes early mortality due to the chronic low oxygen levels at night and causes heart and lung disease and contributes to memory problems. It is diagnosed in a sleep clinic where you check in at night, sleep in their bed with monitors on your arms, legs , head and chest for the night. If you have obvious osa they will often wake you and put a CPAP device on you to see if it helps you keep your airway open on that same night. Cpap is a device that you wear under your nose or on your face like a mask and it helps put continuous airway pressure to keep your airway from closing. Folks with osa describe feeling tired all the time "like I am walking through mud". They fall asleep at the wheel driving and get high blood pressure. The diagnostic test is easy and just takes one night to help decide if this is a problem for you. ...Read more

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Can you die from central sleep apnea? I was just diagnosed and cant tolerate cpap. I want to find out the reason for csa. Ep said not heart. Now what?

Can you die from central sleep apnea?
I was just diagnosed and cant tolerate cpap. I want to find out the reason for csa. Ep said not heart. Now what?

Mgt: I would suggest an evaluation with a Neurologist who also specializes in sleep disorders. You may need imaging to rule out any lesions. There are certain masks which are form fitting which are more comfortable to wear. ...Read more

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Can I die from obstructive sleep apnea if I ignore it?

Can I die from obstructive sleep apnea if I ignore it?

Yes: If totally ignored it can be a cause of death. However, that is extremely unlikely as it is usually slowly progressive and usually forces one to see a doctor because the symptoms are so miserable. ...Read more

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Can we die during sleep, if sleep apnea?

Can we die during sleep, if sleep apnea?

Death from apnea-yes: There is a five fold risk of dying from cancer with severe sleep apnea. Also a higher risk of heart disease. With daytime sleepiness, there is an increases risk of traffic accidents. After general anesthesia or narcotic pain medicine, there is an increased risk of dying in your sleep. If you awaken frequently, snore heavily, or have daytime sleepiness, would be wise to check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can we die during sleep from sleep apnea?

Can we die during sleep from sleep apnea?

Yes: Nocturnal sudden death can occur as a result of sleep apnea. Fortunately it is not common, but this is a serious condition, so don't take it lightly. See your md for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Can we die during sleep peacefully if we have sleep apnea?

Can we die during sleep peacefully if we have sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: Sleep apnea is a dangerous disease. It can cause or worsen heart attack, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, heart failure, among others. The answer is in severe cases it can kill. Dying short of breath gasping is not peaceful. ...Read more

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Could sleep apnea cause you to suffocate to death in your sleep?

Could sleep apnea cause you to suffocate to death in your sleep?

Not likely: Not likely. But it can lead to or compound other medical issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, obesity, and high cholesterol. It is best to have it formally checked out by a sleep medicine specialist. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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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... ...Read more

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What is sleep apnea?

What is sleep apnea?

Closed airway: 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. ...Read more

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What is sleep apnea?

What is sleep apnea?

Not breathing: 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. ...Read more

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Sleep apnea provent?

Provent: It's effective for certain situations but typically reserved when pap therapy and/or oral appliance therapy have failed. ...Read more

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Is sleep apnea common?

Is sleep apnea common?

Yes: It has been published that it affects 4% of men and 2% of women, but personally, i think it is much higher. Unfortunately, it has been given lower priority than other medical conditions. That is now changing as we are discovering that is is associated with considerable medical and psychiatric morbidity and even mortality. ...Read more

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Symptoms if sleep apnea?

Symptoms if sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: Fatigue, snoring, daytime sleepiness, stop breathing for a few seconds while sleeping- are a few symptoms of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea, is frequently associated with increase level of hemoglobin and htn. Sleep study is indicated. CPAP will be the treatment of sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Define mild sleep apnea?

Gasping for air: Sleep apnea is defined as complete (apnea) or partial obstruction (hypopnia) of the airway during sleep. Typical signs and symptoms are snoring, wake up gasping for air, and excessive daytime sleepiness. Diagnosis is made by a sleep study (polysomnogram) and the main parameter of diagnosis is ahi (apnea-hypopnea index). Mild sleep apnea ranges from 5-10 ahi. ...Read more

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Is sleep apnea inherited?

Is sleep apnea inherited?

Yes: 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. ...Read more

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What is sleep apnea like?

What is sleep apnea like?

Apnea = Suffocation: 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. ...Read more

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Who can have sleep apnea?

Who can have sleep apnea?

Anyone: Anyway can have sleep apnea. Young/old, male/female, obese/underweight, healthy/multiple medical problems. There are a lot of risk factors you wouldn't think about including smoking, reflux and congenital deformities even when repaired (cleft palate). ...Read more

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Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Sleep Apnea (Definition)

A condition in which you stop breathing during sleep. There are 2 main types. Obstructive the most common. Central the less common. When people speak about sleep apnea they usually refer to obstructive where you cannot breathe due to ...Read more