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Can we die during sleep, if sleep apnea?
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Dr. Joseph Kuhn
Bariatrics
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine
In brief: Possible, unlilkely
Sleep apnea can be viewed on line by googling it.
Note that there is consriction of breathing that compromises the oxygen requirement of the automatic breathing control mechanism in brainstem. It can occur because oxygen is not being used efficiently in brainstem because of lack of thiamine and magnesium in diet. This deficiency is related to sugar intake.

In brief: Possible, unlilkely
Sleep apnea can be viewed on line by googling it.
Note that there is consriction of breathing that compromises the oxygen requirement of the automatic breathing control mechanism in brainstem. It can occur because oxygen is not being used efficiently in brainstem because of lack of thiamine and magnesium in diet. This deficiency is related to sugar intake.
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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