OSA is obstructive sleep apnoea. It is a common problem amongst obese middle aged men who drink too much alcohol. It is caused by the wall of the nasopharynx relaxing and vibrating when the patient falls asleep.
Common complications include myocardial infarction (heart attack) and cerebrovascular accident (stroke). This is thought to be due to a rise in blood pressure associated with the abnormal breathing pattern.
The risk factors for OSA are also similar for heart attack and stroke. Obesity, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, large collar size and increasing age.
If you or someone you know thinks they may have OSA it is important you visit your GP to address the problem. They will help you treat the risk factors and reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. With out treatment your life may be shortened or reduced in quality.
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