Risk Factors for Sleep apnea


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About risk factors: Risk factors for Sleep apnea are factors that do not seem to be a direct cause of the disease, but seem to be associated in some way. Having a risk factor for Sleep apnea makes the chances of getting a condition higher but does not always lead to Sleep apnea. Also, the absence of any risk factors or having a protective factor does not necessarily guard you against getting Sleep apnea. For general information and a list of risk factors, see the risk center.

Risk factor list: The list of risk factors mentioned for Sleep apnea in various sources includes:

Risk factors discussion: People most likely to have or develop sleep apnea include those who snore loudly and also are overweight, or have high blood pressure, or have some physical abnormality in the nose, throat, or other parts of the upper airway. Sleep apnea seems to run in some families, suggesting a possible genetic basis. . Sleep apnea also can occur in obese people when an excess amount of tissue in the airway causes it to be narrowed.1

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Sleep Apnea: NWHIC

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