Must Know Facts About Obstructive Sleep Apnea

If you suspect that you have OSA and hesitate to seek treatment, take a look at some of the most common signs and symptoms. The number beside each item indicates how often people diagnosed with OSA exhibit that particular symptom. For example, 78% of people diagnosed with OSA also exhibit excessive daytime sleepiness.

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness- 78%
  • Restless sleep- 100%
  • Snoring with intermittent pauses- 94%
  • Absence of snoring- 69%
  • Poor memory and clouded intellect- 58%
  • Personality changes and irritability- 48%
  • Decreased sex drive and impotence- 42%
  • Morning headaches- 36%

The prevalence of cardiovascular diseases in patients diagnosed with OSA is alarming. The following list shows the correlation between cardiovascular diseases and OSA.

  • Hypertension- 57%
  • Ischemic heart disease-25%
  • Coronary heart disease-17%
  • Bradyarrhythmias-10%
  • Acute myocardial infarction-8%
  • Stroke-7%

Another way to look at the dangerous effects of OSA is to consider how often people diagnosed with other conditions also suffer from OSA. For example, 90% of people complaining of nighttime chest pain (nocturnal angina) were diagnosed with OSA, as were 38% of heart attack victims!

  • Nocturnal angina-90%
  • Asymptomatic nocturnal bradycardia-86%
  • Coronary artery disease-76%
  • End stage renal disease-60%
  • Cardiac sinus arrhythmia-50%
  • Congestive heart failure-45%
  • Ischemic stroke-40%
  • Acute myocardial infarction-38%
  • Hypertension-30%
  • Ischemic heart disease-28%

Please contact the TMJ Therapy and Sleep Center of Nevada to learn more about OSA and its relationship to other medical diseases