Obstructive sleep apnea is typically considered a male problem, especially given the widespread images we see in the media of overweight, snoring men. But men are not the only one who suffer with this disorder, and new evidence suggests that apnea can wreak more damage among female sufferers:
As the video says, the ravages of apnea in women may include elevated risk of coronary disease compared to men – a finding which surprised many. One good piece of advice:
Dr. Shalini Paruthi, who was not involved in the study, agrees that the study shows the importance of screening women for sleep apnea. She also says the findings indicate that women experience sleep apnea differently than men. She urges people to think of it as they do heart attacks—both diseases manifest different in men and women.
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