What is the base cause of all these sleep issues?
Basically, all of the problems begin when the flow of air (breathing) through your mouth, nose and or throat is partially obstructed causing vibrating of the soft palate and other tissues...that's what causes snoring. Snoring can also be caused by allergies, alcohol consumption, sinus infection, bulky throat, a long, soft palate, large uvula, adenoids or even a physical deformity. Snoring is a sign of Sleep Apnea and UARS.
How many people in the U.S. suffer from some type of
Sleep-Disordered Breathing (SDB)?
It is estimated that at least 40,000,000 Americans suffer with SDB.
How many Americans suffer with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
Studies show that 20 to 40% of adults who snore could suffer from OSA.
How many people with OSA know they are a victim?
Research reveals that perhaps 90% of OSA sufferers are aware of their condition.
Does untreated OSA increase my chances of other serious problems?
Yes! People with untreated OSA are up to four times more likely to have a stroke, three times more likely to have heart disease, and twice as likely to have hypertension.
So, OSA can cause hypertension?
Yes! Studies have shown that OSA not only causes hypertension but that 80% of patients who have
drug-resistant hypertension suffer with OSA.
I realize I am overweight. Does it matter?
Yes, it does. Three of every four bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) candidates have OSA! In fact, even moderate weight gain can make you more susceptible to OSA symptoms and complications.
Does OSA affect other segments of my life?
Absolutely! For instance, studies show that OSA sufferers are six times more likely to have a vehicle accident than those without OSA.
If you suspect that you may be suffering from OSA-related symptoms, please do not take a chance with your health. Call Dr. Karen Wuertz