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The main symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea are loud snoring, gasping or choking during sleep. Other less-familiar signs of the condition might surprise you.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep condition that causes the muscles in your throat to relax repeatedly during sleep. This blocks your air passage and interrupts your breathing.
Left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea increases your risk of cardiovascular conditions such as high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. Loud snoring, pauses in breathing during sleep and waking up gasping or choking are common symptoms of the condition. But other signs of obstructive sleep apnea might surprise you.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious medical condition. Check with your doctor if you experience symptoms on a regular basis or if your partner routinely complains about your loud snoring.
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