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Are sleep apnea and fainting related?

Steven C. Smart, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Yes, but loosely. Sleep apnea causes severe sleep deprivation and may cause fainting due to sleep attacks. It may also cause fainting due to heart arrhythmias. It also aggravates hypertension and your risk of mini-strokes, which may present as fainting.


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