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Can you die from obstructive sleep apnea?
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
5 doctors agree
In brief: Indirectly
Untreated sleep apnea causes drops in oxygen levels during sleep, this causes a release of catecholamines which are of "stress hormones".
Over time this can increase the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and pulmonary hypertension. Overtime these can lead to death. In addition the sleep deprivation leads to increase car accidents, which can be fatal. Treatment helps avoid this.

In brief: Indirectly
Untreated sleep apnea causes drops in oxygen levels during sleep, this causes a release of catecholamines which are of "stress hormones".
Over time this can increase the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and pulmonary hypertension. Overtime these can lead to death. In addition the sleep deprivation leads to increase car accidents, which can be fatal. Treatment helps avoid this.
Dr. Michael DePietro
Dr. Michael DePietro
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Dr. Swati Avashia
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
It increases you risk of heart attacks, stroke, and car accidents.

In brief: Yes
It increases you risk of heart attacks, stroke, and car accidents.
Dr. Swati Avashia
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Severe osa can kill.
If encounter illness, require more gas exchange to maintain oxygen and acid-base balance. If unable to meet this demand, carbon dioxide builds up and, at high levels, is an anesthetic. If not intervened, will die rapidly. I intubate people literally on death's door from osa daily. Same can happen with even low doses of narcotics with osa.

In brief: Yes
Severe osa can kill.
If encounter illness, require more gas exchange to maintain oxygen and acid-base balance. If unable to meet this demand, carbon dioxide builds up and, at high levels, is an anesthetic. If not intervened, will die rapidly. I intubate people literally on death's door from osa daily. Same can happen with even low doses of narcotics with osa.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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