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Just How Dangerous Is Sleep Apnea?

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Although sleep apnea affects men and women of all ages, it is more prevalent among middle-aged men. The condition is also known as sleep-disordered breathing because the throat often closes or narrows while the individual is asleep, ultimately interrupting their breathing.

As common as it is, more than 75 percent of the 28 million Americans possibly suffering from this sleep-disordered breathing are unaware that they have it. As such, the condition remains mostly undiagnosed and untreated. Despite the condition having serious consequences on our overall health, many people still don't know much about it.

Facts About Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea negatively affects the quality of your sleep. It also causes daytime drowsiness, which poses a risk to your work, social and personal life. This condition is believed to increase the risks of certain circulatory problems that can end up leading to strokes and deadly heart attacks.

About 38,000 people die every year from sleep apnea-related complications.

Carrie Fisher's death in 2017 is one example that made headlines. Fisher suffered a heart attack while sleeping on a flight from London to Los Angeles. The LA Times reported that Fisher died from sleep apnea and a combination of other factors.

Overall Health Risks

The problem with sleep-disordered breathing is the way it increases the risk of other very serious health conditions that can cause death. These risks include stroke, heart disease, diabetes, heart attack, gastric reflux, high blood pressure, excess weight gain, and even cancer.

Common symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring, insomnia, recurrent waking from sleep, headaches, dry or sore throat when you wake up, frequent toilet visits at night, sudden mood changes, and lack of concentration, among others.

Getting a Diagnosis

Sleep apnea can only be diagnosed at a sleep clinic or with a special testing device you can wear while sleeping at home. While sleep apnea may not cause death directly, leaving it untreated can induce other serious medical conditions that can prove fatal.

The earlier you diagnose and treat it, the better you'll be able to prevent it from leading to dangerous complications. For more information on sleep apnea and other related conditions, schedule an appointment or contact Dr. Buck at 425-361-0968.


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