An obstruction of the upper airway that results in breathing pauses and sleep disruption. Patients with sleep apnea frequently exhibit loud snoring. This is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that causes people to stop breathing many times while they sleep. These episodes often last between 10 and 90 seconds, and may occur hundreds of times each night. People suffering from sleep apnea are more likely to have a higher risk of hypertension and strokes, as well as car accidents due to excessive daytime sleepiness.
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MedStar Harbor Hospital
3001 South Hanover St.
Baltimore, MD 21225