The impact of OSA

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is not only disruptive to your life and that of your partner, but it also has many other health implications, such as higher risk of cardiovascular diseases. If you suspect that you’re suffering from OSA, visit your physician as there are many treatments to help.

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What is OSA?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a chronic disease, which affects the patient's health and quality of life. OSA occurs when the throat and tongue muscles and soft tissues relax and collapse. Interrupted breathing during sleep due to the airway partially (hypopnea) or completely blocked (apnea), limiting the amount of air that reaches the lungs. During an episode of apnea or hypopnea, oxygen level drops, which leads to sleep interruptions.

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OSA prevalence

OSA prevalence is increasing due to the ageing population and rise in obesity: prevalence exceeds 70% in morbidly obese and diabetic patients. Still, OSA remains significantly underdiagnosed: in 2010, the diagnosis rate for OSA in the United States was estimated to be 15-20%.

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What is AHI?

The degree of severity is measured by the Apnea Hypopnea Index or AHI. This index reflects the number of apneas and hypopneas per hour. Moderate and severe OSA patients require a dedicated therapy according to guidelines published by sleep doctors’ scientific societies.

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What is OSA?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a chronic disease, which affects the patient's health and quality of life. OSA occurs when the throat and tongue muscles and soft tissues relax and collapse. Interrupted breathing during sleep due to the airway partially (hypopnea) or completely blocked (apnea), limiting the amount of air that reaches the lungs. During an episode of apnea or hypopnea, oxygen level drops, which leads to sleep interruptions.

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OSA prevalence

OSA prevalence is increasing due to the ageing population and rise in obesity: prevalence exceeds 70% in morbidly obese and diabetic patients. Still, OSA remains significantly underdiagnosed: in 2010, the diagnosis rate for OSA in the United States was estimated to be 15-20%.

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What is AHI?

The degree of severity is measured by the Apnea Hypopnea Index or AHI. This index reflects the number of apneas and hypopneas per hour. Moderate and severe OSA patients require a dedicated therapy according to guidelines published by sleep doctors’ scientific societies.

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What is OSA?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a chronic disease, which affects the patient's health and quality of life. OSA occurs when the throat and tongue muscles and soft tissues relax and collapse. Interrupted breathing during sleep due to the airway partially (hypopnea) or completely blocked (apnea), limiting the amount of air that reaches the lungs. During an episode of apnea or hypopnea, oxygen level drops, which leads to sleep interruptions.

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OSA Severity

The degree of severity is measured by the Apnea Hypopnea Index or AHI. This index reflects the number of apneas and hypopneas per hour. Moderate and severe OSA patients require a dedicated therapy according to guidelines published by sleep doctors’ scientific societies.

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OSA can kill

Left untreated, OSA is associated with increased mortality risk and comorbidities, including cardiovascular diseases, depression and stroke.

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Clinical studies have shown that the mortality rate of non-treated patients suffering from OSA increases significantly over time.

Untreated OSA is associated with a two-times higher risk of stroke and a five-times higher risk of cardiovascular mortality.

Furthermore, there is an elevated prevalence of having OSA with depression, stroke, coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation or any drug-resistant hypertension. If you think that you’re suffering from OSA, visit your physician as there are many sleep apnea treatments to help you.

Do I have sleep apnea?

If you suspect that you’re suffering from OSA, visit your physician and discuss the best therapy for your needs. Here are some of the most common symptoms:

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Sleepiness

Symptoms such as sleepiness and reduced concentration increase the risk of serious accidents while driving and at work.

OSA sufferers typically wake up feeling un-refreshed. During the day they feel tired, which can trigger irritability and concentration issues.

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High blood pressure and other symptoms

In some cases, patients can suffer from headaches and forgetfulness which in turn can be associated with anxiety and depression.

Many people with OSA develop high blood pressure, which if left untreated can increase the risk of other serious problems such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart attack and stroke.

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Snoring

Most people with OSA snore loudly and have visible signs of interrupted breathing during sleep, which their partner may notice.
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Sleepiness

Symptoms such as sleepiness and reduced concentration increase the risk of serious accidents while driving and at work.

OSA sufferers typically wake up feeling un-refreshed. During the day they feel tired, which can trigger irritability and concentration issues.

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High blood pressure and other symptoms

In some cases, patients can suffer from headaches and forgetfulness which in turn can be associated with anxiety and depression.

Many people with OSA develop high blood pressure, which if left untreated can increase the risk of other serious problems such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart attack and stroke.

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Snoring

Most people with OSA snore loudly and have visible signs of interrupted breathing during sleep, which their partner may notice.
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Sleepiness

Symptoms such as sleepiness and reduced concentration increase the risk of serious accidents while driving and at work.

OSA sufferers typically wake up feeling un-refreshed. During the day they feel tired, which can trigger irritability and concentration issues.

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OSA and Genio

For some people, suffering from OSA, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) might be uncomfortable and poorly tolerated. Matter of fact, up to 50% of OSA patients will abandon the treatment within the first year. Genio is about to shift this paradigm with its innovative technology.

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