Healthy Living

Can Patients Really Die From Sleep Apnea?

Don't be a statistic. If you have sleep apnea, make sure that you get treatment

Be aware that you could be a statistic if:

  • You are obese or have a BMI (body mass index) higher than 30. 
  • Your neck circumference is greater than 17.5 inches, or if you are a woman, 16 inches.
  • Post menopause
  • Anatomical factors that include small jaws, unusually small airway opening, large or long tongue
  • Deviated septum
  • Swollen tonsils or adenoids
  • Enlarged uvula (the tissue that is in your throat)
  • Family history or genetics
  • Age is a risk factor for elderly people over 65 years
  • Asians and African Americans are 2 times more likely to have sleep apnea

Treat sleep apnea by removing the blockage from your airway. You can do this by using CPAP machines, surgery, positional therapy, weight loss, dental devices, and by implementing lifestyle changes.

If you suspect you may have sleep apnea, talk to your doctor and get tested immediately. Your life is at stake.