What is Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one of the most common complications of obesity. Beyond the effects of obesity, OSA is independently associated with a reduced quality of life, cardiovascular disease (including hypertension, stroke, and congestive heart failure), and an increased mortality risk.

People who have OSA stop breathing repeatedly during sleep because their airway collapses. This may be due to a large tongue, extra tissue in the airway, a small airway, or decreased muscle tone that holds the airway open. Regardless the cause, air is prevented from getting into the lungs. These pauses in breathing can happen 30 times or more per hour. When healthy sleep is interrupted in this way, it puts a strain on the heart and can lead to a number of serious health conditions.

This study will assess the role of bariatric (weight loss) surgery as compared to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy plus weight loss counseling for the treatment of patients with class II obesity and those who have severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

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What are some of the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

- Snoring Loudly
- Stop breathing at night
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Morning Headaches
- Feeling sleepy during the day

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