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Is sleep apnea sometimes fatal?

Is sleep apnea sometimes fatal?

Not common: This is really tough... Apnea leads to factors that while may not cause sudden death can lead to factors that contribute to death. There is a known association between sleep apnea and cardiovascular disease, Insulin resistance, and decreased life expectancy. People with sleep apnea are 4-7 times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident. It is a serious medical problem! ...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 the drug versed be fatal if you have sleep apnea?

Can the drug versed be fatal if you have sleep apnea?

Shouldn't be: Any drug can be fatal in rare situations, but versed can be used quite safely, even if you have sleep apnea. Be sure your surgeon and anesthesiologist know of your apnea condition so you can be properly, and safely managed. ...Read more

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I used to think more clearly and be more focused. Is it normal to feel cognitive decline in my 30's? Sleep apnea & pain-related? What can I do?

I used to think more clearly and be more focused. Is it normal to feel cognitive decline in my 30's? Sleep apnea & pain-related? What can I do?

Sleep apnea: 38 F from PA with sleep apnea. Asks if it is normal to have cognitive Decline in 30s. ANS: no but if you have OSA and are not using CPAP properly then this can do it. Check with your OSA DR. It will quickly reverse the problem it that is the cause. ...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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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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How do you diagnose sleep apnea?

Sleep Study: The only way to diagnose sleep apnea is through a overnight test called a polysomnogram. ...Read more

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How do you control sleep apnea?

How do you control sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea.: The only way to tell if you truly have sleep apnea is by doing a sleep study. If you have suspected sleep apnea, it is a good idea to try to lose weight if you are heavy to see if that solves the problem. If it does not, then a sleep study may be necessary. If that confirms sleep apnea, wearing a mask with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) while sleeping usually helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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How di u know u hsve sleep apnea?

How di u know u hsve sleep apnea?

Tape yourself : The easiest way to determine whether you have sleep apnea is to take a tape recorder and tape your sleep at night. The next day rewind and listen to see if you snore and have your irregular respirations. If there is a pause and you hear some gasping that is sleep apnea. At that point you should have sleep study which will confirm the diagnosis. Good luck and well wishes. ...Read more

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Can 7 year olds have sleep apnea?

Can 7 year olds have sleep apnea?

Yes: Sleep apnea can result from anatomic obstruction in the nose (deviated septum, swollen turbinates, sinusitis, etc) or over relaxation of the smooth muscles that line the trachea (wind pipe). It's true that sleep apnea was classically though to be found only in elderly overweight men, but that's been found to not be true. Children can have osa from enlarged tonsils or adenoids. Consult a sleep doc. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have sleep apnea?

How do I know if I have sleep apnea?

Referral: Your PMD can send you for a sleep study, then refer you to a Pulmonologist with subspecialty training in sleep disorders for treatment. ...Read more

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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