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What are complications related to obstructive sleep apnea?

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Evidence suggests obstructive sleep apnea is strongly associated with conditions such as:

Obstructive sleep apnea is also associated with daytime sleepiness, which increases the risk for motor vehicle accidents and depression.

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Diabetes
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Nocturnal angina
  • Heart failure
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Abnormal heart rhythm

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Second Home Edition: “Sleep Apnea.”

Merck Manual Professional Edition: “Obstructive Sleep Apnea.”

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: “Sleep Apnea.”

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford: “Obstructive Sleep Apnea.”

Lee, W. , June 1, 2008. Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 24, 2017

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Second Home Edition: “Sleep Apnea.”

Merck Manual Professional Edition: “Obstructive Sleep Apnea.”

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: “Sleep Apnea.”

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford: “Obstructive Sleep Apnea.”

Lee, W. , June 1, 2008. Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 24, 2017

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