Health Tip: Are You at Risk for Sleep Apnea?

By on April 15, 2010

Having sleep apnea causes people to briefly stop breathing during sleep. Frequently, the condition is accompanied by snoring and a loud snort or choking sound when breathing resumes.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute offers this list of risk factors for sleep apnea:

  • Being overweight.
  • Being male.
  • Being aged 65 or older.
  • Being a post-menopausal woman.
  • Being Hispanic, black or of Pacific Island descent.
  • Having a family history of sleep apnea.
  • Having small airways.
  • Having enlarged tonsils.
  • Being a smoker.
  • Having high blood pressure.

Source: HealthDay

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