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Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disease that interrupts sleep by stopping and starting your breathing. Those with obstructive sleep apnea have airways that repeatedly collapse when throat muscles relax during sleep, blocking the flow of air. The disease causes snoring and choking or gasping during sleep.

Learn About Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

What is obstructive sleep apnea and is it serious? See what it means to have this condition.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Symptoms, Causes & Risk Factors

Different people have different symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, some mild and some more serious. Learn how to identify signs and symptoms of sleep apnea and factors that may increase your risk.

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Diagnosing & Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

If you suspect that you might have obstructive sleep apnea, your healthcare provider will ask you questions about your sleep and health habits. He or she will also physically examine you to look for risk factors, including anything that might make your upper airway smaller.

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Living with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

If you have obstructive sleep apnea, working on lifestyle changes while continuing your doctor's recommended treatment helps manage the condition.

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Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Making notes before your visit, as well as taking along a trusted family member or friend, can help you through the first appointment with your doctor about obstructive sleep apnea.

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This content was developed in partnership with the CHEST Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians.

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