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What is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OAS) is a condition in which a person has episodes of blocked breathing during sleep. This disorder is marked by loud, frequent snoring, often in conjunction with other symptoms such as pauses in breathing while sleeping, followed by gasps or a loud snore. Daytime sleepiness is also associated with sleep apnea.
Effects of Sleep Apnea
Untreated, sleep apnea has been linked to the development of heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. People with sleep apnea also have a higher risk of auto and work place accidents.
Treatment of Sleep Apnea
There are several treatment options for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The most common treatment is the nasal CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure). You wear a small mask over your nose that blows air in to keep the airway open. It is easy and painless. If you need CPAP, it will be tailored to your needs. Surgical options exist for some cases of apnea. This option should be discussed with your physician. Remember, treatment must be tailored to your needs.
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