Is Asthma a Risk Factor for Sleep Apnea?

There are several risk factors associated with obstructive sleep apnea that are long-standing and well known. They include lifestyle and health factors such as obesity or excess body weight, high-blood pressure, and alcohol and tobacco use, as well as genetic and demographic factors such as family history of the disease, being older, and being male. Now, thanks to new research, we may have a new OSA risk factor to add to this list: asthma.

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin investigated ...

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The Link Between Abdominal Fat and Sleep Apnea

Obesity has long been considered one of the most important risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in adults. In particular, visceral fat—a type of fat that collects in the abdomen—is increasingly regarded as a particularly significant risk factor for sleep apnea. Visceral fat in the abdomen is located within the abdominal cavity, around the body’s organs. Visceral fat itself is considered an important risk factor for a number of serious medical conditions, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Although both ...

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Apnea-Related Leg Movements May Signal Cardiovascular Disease

It is unknown if respiratory-related leg movements are just a marker of more severe obstructive respiratory events or whether the leg movements per se confer risk of cardiovascular disease.

Respiratory events that trigger leg movements predicted cardiovascular disease in older men with obstructive sleep apnea, researchers reported here.

After adjusting for clinic site, age, body mass index, and race, respiratory-related leg movements were associated with a 58 percent increased risk of incident cardiovascular disease in older men, according to Sayaka Aritake, PhD, ...

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Sleep Apnea Linked to Higher Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea might also be at a higher risk for the often fatal condition known as sudden cardiac death, according to a new study.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) takes a person’s breath away throughout the night, but the corresponding increased risk of sudden cardiac death shows that it might also take someone’s breath away forever, according to a study from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

The largest study of its kind looked at 10,701 patients from ...

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Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Sleep Apnea

Print this handy list of questions and take it with you to your next doctor’s appointment.

Sleep apnea is a medical condition in which air movement through the throat into the lungs is reduced during sleep. This condition may affect a person’s daily activities due to impaired sleep but also has been recognized to have an impact on your general health including an increase in blood pressure. Treatment usually involves a machine called CPAP with a face mask (continuous positive airway ...

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Give Snoring a Rest

Snoring can be a minor annoyance, or it can put your health and relationship at risk. Here’s the basic info on what causes snoring and ways to treat the noisy condition.

Snoring can range from an occasional gentle rumble to a persistent, wall-shaking racket. The cause, however, is always the same: “Tissue vibration as air fights to get through the airway,” says Rochelle Goldberg, MD, president of the American Sleep Apnea Society. “Think of a flag snapping on a windy ...

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Overcoming Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Treatment for obstructive sleep apnea usually includes continuous positive airway pressure devices. These appliances keep the airway open so the body can retain normal blood oxygen levels and avoid serious conditions related to sleep apnea.

If you wake up feeling groggy or lethargic, or your spouse or partner complains that you snore, you may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Millions of Americans have this condition. The National Institutes of Health breaks down the numbers further, showing that sleep apnea ...

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What You Need to Know About Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea doesn’t necessarily affect overweight patients exclusively — anyone with a family history is susceptible. Other sleep apnea risk factors include high blood pressure and smoking.

Maybe your sleeping partner says your snoring sounds like a 747 landing in the next room; maybe you just don’t wake up refreshed after what you thought was a good night’s sleep and feel tired during the day. These are two signs of sleep apnea — brief periods when you stop breathing while sleeping ...

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Screening for Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea affects 12 million Americans. Learn how doctors diagnose the condition and which sleep apnea treatment is right for you.

Sleep apnea is a common condition — it affects at least 12 million Americans, although many of those cases go undiagnosed. If you snore loudly, wake up feeling groggy even though you think you’ve gotten a good night’s sleep, or feel sleepy and irritable during the day, sleep apnea may be the cause.

People with sleep apnea briefly stop breathing ...

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