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Snore No More With Transoral Oral Robotic Surgery
Jun 2016
Dr Vikas Agrawal
Sleep Apnea And Transoral Robotic Surgeon, Asian Heart Institute And ENT Hospital, Mumbai

It is a known fact that the most common time a heart attack strikes, resulting in sudden death, is either late at night or in the early parts of the morning, when one is actually sound asleep. And worldwide research and statistics prove beyond doubt, that Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is one of the important conditions responsible for it. 

What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Snoring, which is a common social problem is the vibratory sound produced when the air passage (windpipe) gets partially blocked during the time a person is in a so-called, deep sleep. When the air passage gets completely blocked, it is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). And when this happens, the oxygen levels in the body is reduced, making the brain wake the person up from deep sleep, resulting in a temporary opening of the airway, so as to resumebreathing.

This viscous cycle continues the whole night leading to sleep fragmentation and inadequate rest. The result is daytime sleepiness, irritability and fatigue, which in the long run leads to blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. If the choking episodes occur frequently and for a longer duration (severe OSA) one is prone to suffer a heart attack, heart failure, stroke etc.