Basic Summary for Sleep apnea


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Main name of condition: Sleep apnea


What is Sleep apnea?
  Brief description of Sleep apnea: Temporary stopping breathing for a brief time while sleeping, often repeating.
  Parent types of Sleep apnea: Sleep disorders, Sleep disorder, Under-diagnosed conditions
  Organs Affected by Sleep apnea: sleep
  Types of Sleep apnea: Obstructive sleep apnea, Central sleep apnea
How many people get Sleep apnea?
  Prevalance of Sleep apnea: estimated 18 million Americans (NHLBI)
  Prevalance Rate of Sleep apnea: approx 1 in 15 or 6.62% or 18 million people in USA [about data]
  Undiagnosed prevalence of Sleep apnea: estimated 2-4% of Americans undiagnosed
  Undiagnosed prevalence rate of Sleep apnea: approx 1 in 50 or 2.00% or 5.4 million people in USA [about data]
  Prevalance of Sleep apnea: It has been estimated that as many as 18 million Americans have sleep apnea.1
Who gets Sleep apnea?
  Profile for Sleep apnea: Sleep apnea occurs in all age groups and both sexes but is more common in men (it may be underdiagnosed in women) and possibly young African Americans.1
  Gender Profile for Sleep apnea: More common in men.
How serious is Sleep apnea?
  Prognosis of Sleep apnea: Eliminating the obstruction usually reverses the commonly associated pulmonary and systemic hypertension and cardiac problems of obstructive apnea. Untreated, sleep apnea can greatly affect daytime functioning. Sleep apnea sufferers have a tendency to fall asleep during the day, a potentially deadly consequence of the disorder. 2
  Complications of Sleep apnea: see complications of Sleep apnea
What causes Sleep apnea?
  Causes of Sleep apnea: see causes of Sleep apnea
  Risk factors for Sleep apnea: see risk factors for Sleep apnea
What are the symptoms of Sleep apnea?
  Symptoms of Sleep apnea: see symptoms of Sleep apnea
Can anyone else get Sleep apnea?
  Inheritance: see inheritance of Sleep apnea
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Sleep apnea: see treatments for Sleep apnea
Society issues for Sleep apnea
  Hospitalization statistics for Sleep apnea: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Sleep apnea:
  • 0.092% (11,714) of hospital consultant episodes were for sleep apnoea in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 98% of hospital consultant episodes for sleep apnoea required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 74% of hospital consultant episodes for sleep apnoea were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 26% of hospital consultant episodes for sleep apnoea were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 6% of hospital consultant episodes for sleep apnoea required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1.7 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for sleep apnoea in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for sleep apnoea in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 43 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for sleep apnoea in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 62% of hospital consultant episodes for sleep apnoea occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3% of hospital consultant episodes for sleep apnoea occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 6% of hospital consultant episodes for sleep apnoea were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.034% (18,076) of hospital bed days were for sleep apnoea in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)


Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Sleep Apnea: NWHIC
2. excerpt from NINDS Sleep Apnea Information Page: NINDS

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