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Your Weight and the Affects of Sleep Apnea

by admin on September 18, 2017

A recognized authority on ear, nose, and throat treatment, Rande Lazar, MD, practices medicine at ENT Memphis and presents frequently on topics of interest to otolaryngologists. At ENT Memphis, Rande Lazar, MD, treats patients who have conditions such as sinus pain, snoring, and sleep apnea. Sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening condition in which the patient stops breathing for more than 10 seconds during sleep, affects one in 25 women and one in 50 men. Symptoms of the disorder most commonly include snoring, as well as high blood pressure, mental challenges such as irritability or forgetfulness, cognitive issues and loss of sex drive. Sleep apnea generally arises as a result of excess weight in the neck and chest area. While this can occur in overweight patients, individuals of any weight can face constriction in their air passages. Excess tissue in the throat also causes sleep apnea, a problem exacerbated when muscles relax during sleep and partially block airflow. Treatment for sleep apnea ranges from lifestyle adjustments and weight loss programs to surgery and CPAP, or Continuous Positive Air Pressure, which uses a mask connected to a machine that keeps the airway open via air pressure.

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