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Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea - Causes and Risk Factors

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the throat muscles and tongue are more relaxed during sleep resulting in a collapse of the airway. An enlarged tongue or tonsils will also cause obstruction or narrowing of the airway.

Being overweight can also be a causative factor as the excess fatty tissue in the airway can narrow the windpipe. 
Untreated obstructive sleep apnea can pose a possible risk for heart diseases such as high blood pressure, heart attack or stroke. Other risk factors include obesity and diabetes.

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