Published on Mar 06, 2017 and last reviewed on Jun 08, 2019 - 1 min read
This article discusses the information regarding the symptoms, diagnostic test, and management of obstructive sleep apnea in brief.
Do you have any symptoms like snoring, interrupted sleep, unrefreshed sleep, morning headaches, daytime sleepiness, etc? Are you obese with a short and wide neck? If yes, then you may have obstructive sleep apnea, which is frequently an undiagnosed condition and has multiple adverse effects on our body.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea:
OSA is a condition characterized by obstruction of upper airway especially during sleep due to lax airway and narrowing of airway due to obesity.
Symptoms and Causes:
Obstruction of upper airway leads to temporary stoppage of respiration, increased sympathetic drive and increased pulse rate and blood pressure. It will lead to multiple harmful effects like the symptoms which are mentioned above, increased risk of stroke, heart attack and lungs problem like pulmonary hypertension. So, it is necessary to adequately investigate through ENT examination if you have any symptoms of nasal stuffiness and recurrent tonsillitis to rule out nasal causes of obstruction. Sometimes, thyroid problem will cause obstruction. Altered lipid profile and sugar HbA1c that is, dyslipidemia and diabetes are the frequently associated problems. Vitamin D deficiency is also responsible.
Polysomnography, which is a sleep study to confirm the diagnosis and extent of the disease.
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