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How do I know if I have sleep apnea?

  • Connie Franzen
  • September 26, 2014

This potentially life-threatening disorder can cause you to involuntarily stop breathing for up to one minute while sleeping. Even more alarming, this can happen many times per hour. Sleep apnea has been linked to irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and heart attack. Symptoms you should look for include loud snoring, pauses in breathing and daytime sleepiness. In many cases, we treat sleep apnea with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device. Comfortable and affordable, the CPAP device helps you to breathe easily throughout the night. Other treatment options may be available as well. Signs and symptoms to look for: Loud snoring, Gasping for breath, Daytime sleepiness.

Risk factors: Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Stroke, Heart Attack.

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