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Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that causes interruptions in breathing during sleep. Aside from sleepiness, it can create a higher risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and insulin resistance. OSA is a serious health risk.

OSA occurs when muscles relax and structures of the mouth, throat and nose obstruct airflow. Symptoms include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Snoring loudly
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness or fatigue
  • Morning headaches
  • Gasping for breath during sleep or pauses in breathing
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Depression
  • Sleep difficulties

People who suspect they have sleep apnea should see treatment right away.

Medical Review June 2019.

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