What are the Health Risks if Left Untreated?

Unless the patient has been diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea there are no immediate major health risks if left untreated.

There are multiple publications that show people with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea , left untreated, that a sleepy person has more than five times greater chance of having cardiac disease and the possibility of a heart attack or stroke (The actual statistics would probably make a difference in one in 100 persons, could this be you?)

There is also a report just taken from American Thoracic Society, and announced in the New York Times, that patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea (read that as significant oxygen drops) have a five times greater chance of dying from cancer. The odds are extremely low. There is no data on which I know that says people with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea had any major health problems to confront. They do have excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) to contend with. EDS can ruin the quality of your life, makes it harder to stay awake, especially when driving (this is the REAL danger) and because you’re cranky, can ruin relationships and make it harder to maintain steady employment.

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