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What is obstructed sleep apnea?

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Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: OSA

It is caused by obstruction of the upper airway either from excessive tissue, inflammation or closure of the trachea while sleeping.
It is characterized by repetitive pauses in breathing during sleep, despite the effort to breathe, and is usually associated with a reduction in blood oxygen saturation. There are varying degrees of severity and is diagnosed with an overnight sleep study.

In brief: OSA

It is caused by obstruction of the upper airway either from excessive tissue, inflammation or closure of the trachea while sleeping.
It is characterized by repetitive pauses in breathing during sleep, despite the effort to breathe, and is usually associated with a reduction in blood oxygen saturation. There are varying degrees of severity and is diagnosed with an overnight sleep study.
Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
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Dr. Yo-El Ju
Neurology
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In brief: Blockage of airway

Obstructive sleep apnea means that someone stops breathing ("apnea") during sleep due to an obstruction.
The obstruction is in the upper airway. This happens when the muscle relax during sleep. People with osa will wake up over and over during the night because they have to wake up to take a breath.

In brief: Blockage of airway

Obstructive sleep apnea means that someone stops breathing ("apnea") during sleep due to an obstruction.
The obstruction is in the upper airway. This happens when the muscle relax during sleep. People with osa will wake up over and over during the night because they have to wake up to take a breath.
Dr. Yo-El Ju
Dr. Yo-El Ju
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Dr. Bashar Brijawi
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine

In brief: Stopped breathing du

a disorder in which breathing is frequently interrupted for brief intervals during sleep, Occurs when tissues in the throat collapse and block airflow in and out of the lungs during sleep, resulting in intermittent decreases in blood oxygen levels and transient arousals from sleep, leading to poor sleep quality and excessive daytime sleepiness.
untreated obstructive sleep apnea is associated with high blood pressure (hypertension), abnormal heart rate, heart failure, coronary artery disease (CAD), diabetes, increase risk for a stroke, higher risk for depression, increase risk of car accident, and decreased sexual drive or impotence.

In brief: Stopped breathing du

a disorder in which breathing is frequently interrupted for brief intervals during sleep, Occurs when tissues in the throat collapse and block airflow in and out of the lungs during sleep, resulting in intermittent decreases in blood oxygen levels and transient arousals from sleep, leading to poor sleep quality and excessive daytime sleepiness.
untreated obstructive sleep apnea is associated with high blood pressure (hypertension), abnormal heart rate, heart failure, coronary artery disease (CAD), diabetes, increase risk for a stroke, higher risk for depression, increase risk of car accident, and decreased sexual drive or impotence.
Dr. Bashar Brijawi
Dr. Bashar Brijawi
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: OSA

Obstructive sleep apnea (osa) is basically collapse of the airway while sleeping related to the tongue, palate and throat tissues blocking the airway.

In brief: OSA

Obstructive sleep apnea (osa) is basically collapse of the airway while sleeping related to the tongue, palate and throat tissues blocking the airway.
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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