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Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that causes your breathing to stop repeatedly while you sleep. Several factors can influence the AHI value derived from PSG recordings.1,7-9 For example, the technology used to assess airflow has evolved from reliance on oronasal thermistor technology to addition of the nasal pressure signal, which is more sensitive for detection of mild reductions in airflow.7 The current prevalence estimates for OSA are derived from studies that used thermistor technology only.10,11 Addition of nasal pressure analysis would likely increase detection of respiratory events and thus OSA prevalence.
A study in the October issue of Anesthesiology shows that diagnosing nasal dilator and prescribing CPAP therapy prior to surgery significantly reduced postoperative cardiovascular complications - specifically cardiac arrest and shock - by more than half.

The latter situation is referred to as complex sleep apnea.” Complex sleep apnea is used specifically when there is either a combination of obstructive and central events on the diagnostic sleep study or when central events emerge during titration of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for obstructive sleep apnea.
The patient spends the night in this laboratory and is closely monitored by both a technician with visual instruments as well as various medical resources that will also verify the level of oxygen in the blood, the breathing pattern as well as the activity of the brain.

Untreated sleep apnea has been linked to high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, liver problems and possibly even dementia Research has also shown that older adults with excessive daytime sleepiness and moderate to severe sleep apnea are more than twice as likely to die than those who don't have it.
An estimated 1 in 4 African-Americans in the United States have moderate or severe sleep apnea, but most have not been diagnosed or treated by a doctor, according to a 2018 study led by Johnson when she worked at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

SIDE EFFECTS: Sleep apnea causes next day drowsiness (Bad for attention when driving to work), headaches (Really hard to concentrate with the drum corps beating behind your eyes), heart disease (Yes, it seriously affects your heart), learning & memory disorders (Good-bye new job when I can't remember my job instructions), incorrect perception of reality (Are you sure you didn't say that?) and mood disorders like depression (Very debilitating).

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