Obstructive Sleep Apnea

April 7, 2017

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Many people in the United States suffer from sleep apnea.  Sleep apnea is a condition in which there are pauses in breathing during sleep.  A person may stop breathing up to 30 times in an hour and several hundred times during the night.  Our comprehensive approach can help with your Sleep Apnea in San Antonio, Austin and many other key cities in Texas.

The most common type is obstructive sleep apnea, which usually results in the airway collapsing during sleep.   This condition is commonly associated with obesity.  Often, a person may make a loud snort or choking sound to help open the airway.  Loud snoring is common.   This condition can lead to several problems.  For one, the sleep cycle is disrupted, and the person often does not feel rested.   They may suffer from fatigue during the day.  If it is left untreated, sleep apnea can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, pulmonary hypertension, heart failure, sudden cardiac death, and arrhythmias of the heart.  Unfortunately, many people have this condition and do not know about it.  A sleep study is usually needed to make the diagnosis.

If you are constantly tired, overweight, or have been told that you snore loudly, you may be at risk for sleep apnea and further testing could be beneficial.  The good news is that this condition can be treated with weight loss and breathing devices.  Many people who are treated for sleep apnea feel better, have more energy, and are glad they were treated.

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