Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common disorder that is often unrecognized, affecting 4% of middle-aged white men and 2% of middle-aged white women.15 In women, the frequency of OSA increases after menopause. OSA is as common or more common in African Americans and less common in Asian populations. The risk of OSA increases with age and obesity. Individuals with OSA experience repetitive upper airway collapse during sleep, which decreases or stops airflow, with subsequent arousal from sleep to resume breathing. The severity is determined by nocturnal polysomnography (NPSG) and is graded by the number of episodes of apnea (total cessation of airflow) and hypopnea (partial airway closure with blood oxygen desaturation) experienced during sleep. The severity is expressed as the respiratory disturbance index (RDI), quantified in events per hour. Mild sleep apneics have an RDI of between 5 and 15 episodes per hour; moderate, 15 and 30; and individuals with severe OSA can exhibit more than 30 episodes per hour.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

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