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Is sleep apnea sometimes fatal?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not common

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.. 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. James Donley
Dentistry
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In brief: Yes

Sleep apnea is present in all chronic diseases.
It can be a factor in a fatal heart attack. The lack of oxygen increases the heart rate & over a long period of time stresses the heart contributing to heart disease. It is also a factor in increasing inflammation in the body. Inflammation contributes to c-reactive protein (c-rp) production which can cause blood clot leading to heart attack or stroke.

In brief: Yes

Sleep apnea is present in all chronic diseases.
It can be a factor in a fatal heart attack. The lack of oxygen increases the heart rate & over a long period of time stresses the heart contributing to heart disease. It is also a factor in increasing inflammation in the body. Inflammation contributes to c-reactive protein (c-rp) production which can cause blood clot leading to heart attack or stroke.
Dr. James Donley
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Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry
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In brief: It can be

Apnea means breathing has stopped.
This can cause a significant drop in the amount of oxygen that is carried in the blood. This has an impact on heart rhythms. Many people who have died in their sleep did so from heart attacks secondary to apnea. This is a serious medical condition that is not to be taken lightly.

In brief: It can be

Apnea means breathing has stopped.
This can cause a significant drop in the amount of oxygen that is carried in the blood. This has an impact on heart rhythms. Many people who have died in their sleep did so from heart attacks secondary to apnea. This is a serious medical condition that is not to be taken lightly.
Dr. Gary Lederman
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