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Which is worse: obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea?

Which is worse: obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea?

Both: Both are serious conditions, manageable with treatment, and serious if neglected. The severity varies in every particular case, the classification is not intended to determine which one is milder, they just have different ways to treat them. In general, treatment compliance is an important factor that affects treatment outcomes of both. ...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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What are symptoms of sleep apnea?

What are symptoms of sleep apnea?

R/O OSA: OSA can be suggested by history and physical. Excess snoring/daytime sleepiness/apneic episodes/ aM headaches. And the Exam obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night/CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. You are young CPAP can be difficult to tolerate. ENT FOR UPP EVAL. ...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 are signs of sleep apnea in children?

What are signs of sleep apnea in children?

Sleep apnea: Sleep apnea in children is a pause in breathing while asleep. Many children who have sleep apnea will snore too. Babies with sleep apnea don't usually snore but may have other developmental problems or may have an illness (like whooping cough or respiratory syncytial virus -rsv) that causes them to become stop breathing. A pause of 20seconds or more is too much - talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the best hospitals for the treatment of central hypoventilation, central sleep apnea, pathologic hypersomnia, seizures?

What are the best hospitals for the treatment of central hypoventilation, central sleep apnea, pathologic hypersomnia, seizures?

MANY CHOICES: Consider some of the best facilities for respiratory problems. National jewish hospital is ranked #1 by usnwr, but you could receive amazing care at johns hopkins hospital, mass general, mayo clinic, ucla, or a number of other academic centers. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of sleep center apnea?

What are the symptoms of sleep center apnea?

Central Sleep Apnea: Osa or central sleep apnea both can cause sleepiness, tiredness, problems with attention, concentration, memory etc. ...Read more

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Is insomnia a symptom of sleep apnea?

Is  insomnia a symptom of sleep apnea?

YES: Insomnia is most often thought of as both a sign and a symptom that can accompany several sleep, medical, and psychiatric disorders characterized by a persistent difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep or sleep of poor quality. ...Read more

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Could years of sleep apnea obstructive cause autonomic dysfunction?

Could years of sleep apnea obstructive cause autonomic dysfunction?

See below: Good question. Obstructive sleep apnea (osa) ; autonomic dysfunction have been studied intently over the recent years. There are direct links surfacing between the two but more indirect links exist via osa ; Insulin resistance. So to answer your question, it's possible, especially if the osa is poorly controlled w/ other comorbidities present exacerbating the situation. Best to keep osa in check! ...Read more

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What are the Signs of having sleep apnea?

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What are the Signs of having sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea symptoms: Loud snoring and daytime sleepiness are the most common symptoms. Also gasping for air, irritability, obesity, difficulty concentrating, daily headaches, and nocturia can be added to the list. Ask your PCP for a sleep study test to rule out sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Are allergies a cause of sleep apnea?

Are allergies a cause of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: They can contribute to sleep apnea because the bodies reaction to the allergens will reduce the size of the airways, ( nasal as well as throat). This reduces the amount of oxygen available ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea?

What are the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: The most common symptoms are excess daytime sleepiness, snoring, waking one's partner. Witnessed stopping breathing events by one's partner. ...Read more

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What are the causes of sleep center apnea?

Many causes: There are many causes of csa. Commonly, patients with neurological problems may have csa. Specifically with stroke patients. There is also a large amount of patients with congestive heart failure that have csa. It may also be idiopathic, meaning that there is not clear reason why it develops. ...Read more

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What is obstructive or central apnea?

Apnea: Hello. The diagnosis of apnea (a temporary stoppage of respiration or breathing) depends on the cause. Central means that the brain isn't sending the appropriate neural impulses for breathing. Obstructive apnea refers to an anatomical blockage (most commonly upper airway like tongue, tonsils and/or soft palate) causing the breathing to stop. Both are dangerous and need evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Is daytime sleepiness a sign of depression?

Is daytime sleepiness a sign of depression?

Possibly: My first response to your question is a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea. Many of my depressed patients continue to have daytime sleepiness and turn out to have a sleep disorder which requires a sleep study to diagnose. ...Read more

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Difficulty breathing through nose at night the cause of sleep apnea?

Difficulty breathing through nose at night the cause of sleep apnea?

Usually not: Nasal obstruction can worsen sleep apnea but in most cases it is not the cause. Sometimes nasal obstruction is not really nasal , but due to throat obstruction, too. Nasal obstruction should be treated as even in absence of sleep apnea it affects sleep quality and daytime function. For some patients, treatment of nasal obstruction can aid in the treatment of sleep apnea. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of sleep deprivation?

What are symptoms of sleep deprivation?

Lack of sleep.: Lack of sleep can lead to v concentration, v effectiveness in learning, fatigue, v concentration, v alertness, & day time sleepiness. Severe sleep deprivation can lead to more serious problems such as psychosis. ...Read more

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What does central sleep apnea syndrome mean?

What does central sleep apnea syndrome mean?

Central sleep apnea: It means that your brain is not sending the "you have to breath signal" to your chest and lungs. Your airways remain open in this case. You will need a special ventilator that breath for you when you don`t get the order. ...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. 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