Dr. Jack Patel discusses Snoring & Sleep Apnea live on WGN-TV with Mike Toomey.
Sleep apnea and snoring
Snoring is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, 45% of adults snore every now and then, and 25% of us snore frequently. Problems arise when snoring becomes obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) that occurs when there are several cases of respiratory pauses lasting more than 10 seconds while you sleep. Often, these gaps in breathing are caused by narrowing and collapse of the upper airway.
As expected, the sleeper receives less oxygen in the blood, which makes the heart beat faster. Obstructive sleep apnea is a bona fide health problem that directly affects 26% of adults in the United States. UU Between the ages of 30 and 70 years.
Is obstructive sleep apnea dangerous?
A person suffering from sleep apnea often suffers from daytime fatigue that can have a negative impact on work performance. The condition can be dangerous for pilots, drivers and equipment operators. The rapid increase of obstructive sleep apnea in the last twenty years is directly related to the obesity crisis. People who are classified as obese are four times more likely to be diagnosed with OSA than those in a healthy weight range. There are six conditions that are affected by obstructive sleep apnea:
• Heart disease
• Type 2 diabetes
• The risk of stroke
• Cognitive health
Dr. Jack Patel is a board-certified and board-certified surgeon who currently practices in Munster, Indiana and Hinsdale, Illinois.
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