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Can we die during sleep peacefully if we have sleep apnea?
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Dr. Randy Sussmane Stubbs
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Randy Sussmane Stubbs
Dr. Randy Sussmane Stubbs
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Dr. Thomas Stern
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: Sleep apnea
It is not likely someone will die from sleep apnea alone.
People that have comorbid conditions such as cardiovascular disease or morbid obesity may die in their sleep from the combination of their disease and sleep apnea. Patients with sleep apnea that take sedative medicines that suppress respiratory drive can die in their sleep. These types of medicines are often used to treat insomnia.

In brief: Sleep apnea
It is not likely someone will die from sleep apnea alone.
People that have comorbid conditions such as cardiovascular disease or morbid obesity may die in their sleep from the combination of their disease and sleep apnea. Patients with sleep apnea that take sedative medicines that suppress respiratory drive can die in their sleep. These types of medicines are often used to treat insomnia.
Dr. Thomas Stern
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