Sleep apnea is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition that is far more common than generally understood. Cardinal symptoms are loud snoring, breathing pauses during sleep and daytime sleepiness. Sleep apnea occurs in all age groups and both genders. It is more common in men, although it may be underdiagnosed in women and young African-Americans. It is estimated that as many as 18 million Americans have sleep apnea.
Early recognition and treatment of sleep apnea is important, as it may be associated with:
- Irregular heartbeat
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Daytime sleepiness
- Increased risk of motor vehicle and work accidents
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