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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. Patrick Melder
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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 ...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 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 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 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

Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Literally it is stopping 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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more