Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)Contact Us
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most common sleep related breathing disorder. In males, studies have shown a prevalence of 20-30% of the adult population and 10-15% in adult women. In people with a body mass index of greater than 30 (classically defined obesity), one study showed an incidence of 63% of OSA in this group.
Consequences of OSA include:
- Daytime cognitive impairment
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Poor work performance
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Coronary artery disease
- Pulmonary artery hypertension
- Cardiac arrhythmias
- Heart failure
- Stroke and Heart Attack.
The first line of therapy for OSA is weight loss. We will see significant improvement in Obstructive Sleep Apnea, snoring and sleep performance with weight loss. Most of our OSA patients who lose weight find that they will be able to use lower CPAP pressures, may be weaned off of the device, and/or have improved daytime performance.