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How is central sleep apnea diagnosed?

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If your doctor thinks you might have central sleep apnea , you'll get a physical exam, give a medical history, and they'll likely recommend a sleep history. The next step probably will be an overnight sleep study. This happens in a sleep lab under the supervision of a trained technologist. During the test, the following body functions are monitored:

  • Electrical activity of the brain
  • Eye movements
  • Muscle activity
  • Heart rate
  • Breathing patterns
  • Air flow
  • Blood oxygen levels

From: Central Sleep Apnea WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American College of Physicians: "Sleep Apnea."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Sleep Apnea."

American Sleep Apnea Association: "Sleep Apnea Information."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 30, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Physicians: "Sleep Apnea."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Sleep Apnea."

American Sleep Apnea Association: "Sleep Apnea Information."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 30, 2018

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