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Is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) a serious health condition?

Alon Avidan, MD
Neurology
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious health condition because when a person is not breathing at night, blood pressure goes up. When sleep is disrupted and a person is not sleeping sufficiently, a person may be set up for early death from:
  • heart attack
  • arrhythmias
  • stroke
  • diabetes

It can lead to serious health problems like heart problems, hypertension, and death. 

If someone thinks they may have sleep apnea, symptoms may include feeling tired, snoring, or gasping to breath during sleep, or others have noticed these things, they should seek a consultation with a doctor that diagnosis and treats sleep disorders.

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