What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
OSA is a condition in which the upper airway collapses frequently throughout the night, causing breathing to stop. An “apnea event” may occur as often as 50 to 100 times per hour . As your body struggles to breath, you may awaken and not even know it. These repeated sleep interruptions make you feel tired during the day. Because apnea prevents air from entering or exiting the lung, the oxygen level of the blood drops and the heart has to work harder
What are the warning signs ?
- Excessively loud snoring
- A pattern of snoring interrupted by pauses, and gasps. (This is a sign that breathing stops and restarts)
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Sexual dysfunction
- Trouble concentrating , or becoming forgetful, irritable, anxious, or depressed
- Morning headaches or nausea, frequent trips to the bathroom to urinate at night.
- Insomnia (difficulty staying asleep)
Possible Consequences of Untreated OSA
- Memory problems
- Weight gain
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Attack
- Heart Failure
- Excessive Sleepiness
- Increased Risk of Automobile Accident
- 40% increased risk of death
More than 12 million Americans are estimated to suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea
If you suspect you may have OSA, please contact
Dr. Huan Le for an evaluation
Dr.Huan Albert Le, M.D.
Advanced Lung and Sleep Clinic
5507 El Cajon Blvd, Ste.C
San Diego, Ca. 92115