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Sleep apnea can be deadly, study says–but what’s the solution?

Monday, August 4th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

A new study reiterates common medical knowledge that sleep apnea increases your risk of death. The study in the Journal Sleep monitored 1,522 people, aged 30 to 60, over an 18-year time period and found that the worse the “sleep disordered breathing,” as they call it, the higher the risk. The worst breathers had an increased risk of 3.8 times those with no problems breathing while asleep.

The authors took into consideration age, sex and weights of the participants. Increased risk of cardiovascular-related deaths was a major contributing factor for the increase in death. It did not matter if the participants complained of daytime drowsiness. The causative factor was whether the person was stopping his/her breathing for a few seconds anywhere from five to more that 30 times a minute. This led to a drop in the blood oxygen level.

If sleep apnea is potentially deadly, then how do you know if you have it, and is current treatment effective?

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