Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) often goes undiagnosed as its symptoms can also be associated with several other conditions. While the most obvious sign is snoring, most patients are unaware that they do so until a family member or bed partner points it out. The condition can be serious as sleep apnea limits and disrupts the amount of Oxygen your lungs can take in while you sleep.
Because a lack of oxygen also affects cognitive ability, patients suffering from sleep apnea are more likely to have driving or work-related accidents.
In the long-term, a decreased intake of oxygen can increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, obesity, and diabetes.
Left untreated, this condition can take up to 12-15 years off your life. It increases the risk of heart attack and nearly 80% of nocturnal strokes can be attributed to OSA.
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