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Sleep Apnea Risk Factors

Sleep Apnea is a considered a serious medical condition, it may lead to serious health complication like:


High blood pressure & Heart problems: Due to Sleep Apnea sudden drops in blood oxygen level increases blood pressure and strain the cardiovascular system. Every time a patient stops breathing during the night, the amount of oxygen in the blood decreases, which means the cells in the body are not getting the oxygen they need. Heart rate increases in an effort to raise oxygen levels in the blood and deliver oxygen to cells. When this happens repeatedly throughout the night, it increases the stress on your circulatory system and creates a serious medical condition.

 Sleep Apnea is not uncommon in people with hypertension. If you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea, your risk of high blood pressure (hypertension) is greater than if you don't. The more severe your sleep apnea, the greater the risk of high blood pressure.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) increases the risk of stroke, regardless of whether or not you have high blood pressure. If there's underlying heart disease, these multiple episodes of low blood oxygen (hypoxia or hypoxemia) can lead to sudden death from a cardiac event.

OSA is also strongly correlated with the following cardiovascular conditions:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Cardiac arrhythmias


Headache: Sleep Apnea can cause morning headache, memory problem, mood swing, and feelings of depression.

Daytime fatigue: Daytime drowsiness, fatigue, and irritability are common complications related to Sleep Apnea due to disturbed sleep.

Complication with medication and surgery: OSA may also cause a concern with certain medication and surgery procedures.

Impotency: Sleep Apnea may cause erectile dysfunction. Hormone levels and blood vessels are affected by the reduction in oxygen in the blood caused by Sleep Apnea.

Sleep-deprived partner: Loud snoring (Snoring should be as a regular text, does not have hyperlink) can keep those around you from getting good rest and eventually disrupt sleep of your partner.


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