Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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Quiz: Do You Understand Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

Questions
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1

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the throat muscles relax and block your airway.

Explanation:
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the throat muscles relax and block your airway, often causing snoring.
2

The most common cause of obstructive sleep apnea is hypothyroidism.

Explanation:
The most common cause of obstructive sleep apnea is being overweight or obese. Other causes of obstructive sleep apnea include hypothyroidism, excessive production of growth hormone, a deviated septum and allergies.
3

Shortness of breath can be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea.

Explanation:
Sleep apnea symptoms include loud snoring every night or almost every night, fatigue during the day, snorting or choking while sleeping and shortness of breath.
4

Having sleep apnea doesn't predispose you to high blood pressure.

Explanation:
Sleep apnea predisposes people to a variety of medical conditions. If you have sleep apnea, you're much more likely to experience high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, stroke and an irregular heart beat. It can also increase your risk of being involved in a car accident.
5

Surgery can be a good option for some patients with obstructive sleep apnea.

Explanation:
Sleep apnea treatment options include weight loss, a CPAP machine, a dental device (also known as a mouthguard) and surgery.

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