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What happens if Obstructive Sleep Apnea is not treated?

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Possible increased risk for:

* High blood pressure.

* Heart disease and heart attack.

* Stroke

* Fatigue-related motor vehicle and work accidents

*Decreased quality of life

Last Updated on Monday, 21 March 2011 08:26

How many people have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

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* 4 in 100 middle-aged men and 2 in 100 middle-aged women have Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

* Most OSA sufferers remain undiagnosed and untreated.

* Obstructive Sleep Apnea is as common as adult asthma

Last Updated on Monday, 21 March 2011 08:22

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?

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* Obstructive Sleep Apnea is when a person stops breathing many times during sleep.

* Breathing stops because the airway collapses and prevents air from getting into the lungs.

* Sleep patterns are disrupted, resulting in excessive sleepiness or fatigue during the day.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 March 2011 08:14

What causes the airway to collapse during sleep?

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* Extra tissue in the back of the airway such as large tonsils.

* Decrease in the tone of the muscles holding the airway open.

* The tongue falling back and closing off the airway.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 March 2011 08:20

What should you do if you suspect you may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

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* Fill out the Obstructive Sleep Apnea Signs and Symptoms Questionaire.

* See your doctor; evaluation by a doctor specializing in sleep disorders is recommended.

* Have a sleep study done; a sleep study can provide the doctor with information about how you sleep and breathe. This information will help the doctor to determine your diagnosis and treatment options

Last Updated on Monday, 21 March 2011 08:28