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What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) — also called obstructive sleep apnea syndrome — is a potentially life-threatening medical disorder that prevents airflow during sleep. It occurs when there are repeated episodes of complete or partial blockage of the upper airway during sleep. These episodes can reduce the flow of oxygen to vital organs and cause irregular heart rhythms.
Who Gets Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, more than 12 million people in the U.S. have sleep apnea. Among risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea are excessive weight, aging, smoking, high blood pressure, and having risk factors for heart failure or stroke.
How Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?
We provide a sleep apnea test which performed in the home of the patient. The test measures various body functions including heart rate, pulse oximetry, respiratory airflow, snoring, and body position. After the study is completed, the number of times that the patient’s breathing was impaired during sleep is tallied which allows for the grading of the severity of the sleep apnea.