Severe sleep apnea is behind the thousands upon thousands of cardiovascular deaths every year in the US alone. Aside from these health risks, it is responsible for thousands of casualties annually, due to accidents. This is why treating severe cases of this condition is vital.
The adverse effects of this sleeping condition to both body and mind are hard to deny. Unfortunately, most people who have this condition are not aware of it. They are allowed to go on with their daily activities; putting risk to themselves and to others.
Detecting the severe sleeping condition, before it’s too late, will prevent these risks.
Severe Sleep Apnea Detection
Often times, it is the spouse of the person suffering from the condition who initially detects the symptoms. In most cases, loud snoring and pauses in breathing are the most evident signs.
Once these symptoms are detected, the next step would be to undergo a sleep test or polysomnography. This test will determine the severity of the condition.
This test will measure your AHI (Apnea-Hypopnea Index) level. This system of measurement is the definitive method of determining the severity of the condition.
Determining The Severity
There are 3 levels of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
- 5 to 15 AHI per hour of sleep
- 15 to 30 AHI per hour of sleep
- Over 30 AHI per hour of sleep
30 AHI per hour of sleep significantly deprives the blood of oxygen. This stains the heart, which is why severe OSA can be fatal. You are more susceptible to heart failure, heart disease, and brain damage with severe obstructive sleep apnea.
Severe sleep apnea is treated in 2 ways. These methods are the use of a CPAP and invasive surgery.
CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure)
- The continuous delivery of air to the airway prevents obstruction during sleep
- Involves wearing a mask connected to a hose and air pump during sleep
- Done in the most severe of cases
- Surgery to the throat, nose, or jaw is done to correct possible obstructions
The problem with these methods of treatment is their cost, side effects, and assurance of effectiveness. The CPAP can prove to be uncomfortable to use, and surgery only works 25 to 30% of the time. Worst of all, these two methods will cost a lot of money.
Unknown to a lot of people are the alternatives. These alternatives do not cause side effects, discomfort, and are at a fraction of the price. Best of all, they are guaranteed to work.
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