Sleep apnea

What it is

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious medical condition, characterized by repetitive respiratory arrests during sleep, caused by air obstruction in the throat region. In more severe cases, this can occur up to hundreds of times on the same night.

Symptoms

  • Loud and frequent snore
  • Difficulty to keep sleeping
  • Somnolence and tiredness during the day
  • Higher risk of vehicle accidents
  • Difficulty to concentrate
  • Memory impairment
  • Loss of productivity
  • Descreased libido and sexual impotence

Associated diseases

  • Systemic arterial hypertension
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart failure
  • Cardiac arrhythmia / Atrial fibrillation
  • Cerebrovascular accident (CVA or stroke)
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Gastroesophageal reflux

Prevalence

The latest researches indicate that sleep apena is very common, with a prevalence up to 33% of adult population. One aggravating factor is that more than 90% of those patients remain undiagnosed.
The untreated sleep apnea can be devastating for one's health and his/her quality of life, and millions of people are in this condition.

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