Sleep Apnea and Its Symptoms

by admin on July 3, 2017

Licensed to practice medicine in the state of Tennessee, otolaryngologist Rande Lazar, MD, cares for patients at ENT Memphis and LeBonheur Children’s Hospital. Rande Lazar, MD, focuses on ear, nose, and throat disorders, such as sleep apnea. Loud gasps for air followed by snoring are symptoms of sleep apnea, a condition that affects more than 18 million American adults, according to the National Sleep Foundation. The condition often goes undiagnosed because people confuse the symptoms with traditional snoring. However, the gasping for air comes after interrupted periods of breathing that can last longer than 10 seconds. If undiagnosed, the condition can be life threatening, as indicated in a study noted in the magazine UW Health, published by the University of Washington School of Medicine and Public Health, which concluded the death rate tripled over the course of 18 years among people who did not receive a diagnosis. Other symptoms that may be a sign of sleep apnea include fatigue and high blood pressure, as well as forgetfulness and morning headaches. Likewise, people with the condition often experience daytime sleepiness and hypertension.

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