Important Reasons for Diagnosis
Sleep apnea is a serious sleeping disorder that, when left untreated, causes a person to stop breathing repeatedly during sleep, depriving the brain of oxygen. The results can be lethargy, headaches, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, even stroke. This condition can be even more dangerous to women who are pregnant and their unborn child. With sleep apnea, they are more likely to develop gestational diabetes and preeclampsia and are at a higher risk for cesarean delivery.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea May Increase Risk of Pregnancy ComplicationsWomen with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) appear to be at greater risk of serious pregnancy complications, longer hospital stays, and even admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) than mothers without OSA, according to a study conducted by Brown University.“Given that pregnancy is a window into future cardiovascular and metabolic health, OSA is a diagnosis worthy of investigation in pregnancy,” said lead study author Ghada Bourjeily, MD, associate professor of medicine at Brown University. “Early intervention in these women, as well as in their children, may represent a great opportunity to offer treatment strategies that may offer long-term health benefits.”See more at: http://www.dentistrytoday.com/news