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Sleep Apnea Causes Health Problems

If you frequently snore and experience daytime drowsiness, you may suffer from sleep apnea. There are three different types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea is when your airway becomes blocked during sleep.
  • Central sleep apnea is when your brain does not signal the muscles that help you breathe.
  • Mixed sleep apnea is a combination of obstructive and central sleep apnea.
W. Keith Graham, MD, D-ABSM
W. Keith Graham, MD, D-ABSM

“Sleep apnea is not a disorder to be taken lightly,” says W. Keith Graham, MD, D-ABSM, pulmonologist and sleep medicine specialist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “It can cause serious health problems such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure and diabetes.”

At Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Sleep Disorders Center, doctors can diagnose and develop a treatment plan for many different kinds of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea. During a sleep study, technicians will monitor you while you sleep and look for signs that indicate a sleep disorder.

To learn more about the Sleep Disorders Center, call 573-331-5837.

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