4/08/2011

Sleep Apnea Death


Sleep Apnea death is something that appears to be on the rise despite warnings from the medical community about this deadly disease. Sleep apnea (or obstructive sleep apnea which is what I have) itself is "...caused by a narrowing or collapse of throat tissues during sleep. People actually stop breathing from 30 to 90 times an hours. The time period they stop is usually just a few seconds. But, this is repeated dozens of times per hour. Think what that does to your brain or the strain it puts on your heart. Of course, this leads to heart disease, diabetes, and pregnancy complications. It is a disease that most people don't realize they even have. Most people think it is people who are overweight or over the age of 40 that get sleep apnea. That is not true. There are slim, trim teenagers who have sleep apnea, although this is rare.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which I have done a lot of searching on the internet since I was diagnosed with this disease nine years ago. Right now, a CPAP is what's used to treat sleep apnea patients. But, these masks they use are usually uncomfortable for the most part. Many people give up on them to their detriment. Such was the case with an old friend of mine in January.

My friend had obstructive sleep apnea like I do. He had tried for six months to sleep with the CPAP/mask and simply could not sleep with it. He did try very hard. His sleep apnea had given him high blood pressure. In January of this year, he did not wake up as was customary for him to at 7AM to take his dogs walking. He had suffered a major attack and died in his sleep. Doctors said that sleep apnea was a major contributor to his fatal heart attack. Sleep apnea is a killer, a silent killer. If you have sleep apnea, use that CPAP. It could save your life.




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