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Tell me all you know about sleep apnea.  Was exactly is it?  Is it hereditary?  Does it worsen with age?  My mom was recently told that she has had it for several years, and it is the probable cause of her heart arythmia which caused her stroke.  Sound logical?

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      Gottagorightnow wrote Apr 10, 2009
    • Yes, big time weight related.  If he can sleep with the pillows propping up his head, that’s better for him, too.  I underwent a sleep study, was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea.  I can’t do the CPAP.




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      Linni wrote Apr 10, 2009
    • Well, i have sleep apnea, and went from usuing a Cpap machine, to a Bipap machine.. my oxygen levels drop when i sleep, so the Bipap machine sends oxyen with the airlow from the Bipap machine.. i have an oxygen machine and its huge! lol in time i may be able to get rid of the oxygen machine.

      Last night was the first time usuing it, and WOW! i think i concetrated MORE on breathing than i did sleeping! LOL gotta get used to it i guess!




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      Mztracy wrote Apr 10, 2009
    • Not sure of the weight relation completely...

      my dad and hubz have it, and both are thin. My dad uses a machine.

      My step-moms mother has it, thin, and it is what has caused her all her heart related issues.  

      If you think you or someone you love may have it, get to your doctor as it CAN cause serious issues later on!!




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      Dalemarie wrote Apr 10, 2009
    • I was just diagnoseed with a heart related condition. My next step is a cardiologist and a otolaryngologist. They want to check to see if I hae sleep apnea because I am not getting enough oxygen to my heart.. which can be very serious!




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      Tamra wrote Apr 10, 2009
    • Wow!  Girls, thanks so much for the info!  I had no idea!  I’ll be reading more about it to educate myself.

      Are the breathing machines loud?  Linni, did the noise keep you awake, or just the annoyance of having to wear it to bed?

      Mother is not overweight at all, in fact under, and borderline low blood pressure, so we were shocked she has cardiac health issues.  She will undergo another sleep study with a breathing machine to determine if that’s what will work for her.

      Thanks again for your insight!  It has spurred me to take this condition more seriously.

      Take care of yourselves.  Love you ladies!




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      Linni wrote Apr 10, 2009
    • Hi Tamra..
      well, it was a few things.. because i am usuing the “air pillows ” you can’t open your mouth at all, and i have been coughing at night for the last week or so.. and i think the other reason is its just not something i am used too. when i moved to PA almost 3 years ago, i lost my cpap, so i have been without it for almost 3 years..  

      its not loud at all.. my oxygen machine that i have been on since i came home from the hospital in Jan is semi loud ( if that makes sence.. lol ) it does not keep me awake..  

      I will let you know tomorrow how it goes tonight. i just think i need to give it sometime, and it will be fine.. to answer your question, it was just the annoyance of having to wear it..




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