What is obesity hypoventilation syndrome?

Some people with obesity can develop a very rare form of sleep apnea called obesity hypoventilation syndrome. These people can have poor breathing while awake, which causes them to have low oxygen and high carbon dioxide. They also have poor sleep quality and sleep apnea. Furthermore, they can have headaches, long-term detrimental heart health effects and altered functionality.

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Some people with obesity can develop a very rare form of sleep apnea called obesity hypoventilation syndrome. These people can have poor breathing while awake, which causes them to have low oxygen and high carbon dioxide. They also have poor sleep quality and sleep apnea. Furthermore, they can have headaches, long-term detrimental heart health effects and altered functionality.

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