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Sleep Apnea: Risks & Complications

Man Sleeping in Bed with Sleep Apnea Mask

Sleep apnea can affect everyone, regardless of age or gender, but according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, over half of the people with this condition are overweight. People who are overweight often have fat deposits around their upper airways that obstruct their breathing.

Other risks factors include:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • A narrowed airway
  • Being older
  • A family history of sleep apnea
  • Heart disorders
  • Use of alcohol, tobacco, or sedatives

What Are the Complications?

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Although sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed, it is a serious medical condition that can lead to complications if not treated properly.

Sleep apnea, and obstructive sleep apnea in particular, is associated with increased risk of various cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure, stroke, congestive heart failure and other vascular diseases. Central sleep apnea is typically the result of heart disease rather than the cause.

People with sleep apnea may also suffer from daytime fatigue, morning headaches, sleep-deprived partners, or mood swings. If you are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea, consult your doctor as soon as possible to avoid any complications.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

The images being used are for illustrative purposes only; any person depicted is a model.

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