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June 04, 2009

Brains of People with OSA Similar to People Dying or Severe Stroke


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Sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea experience similar changes in brain biochemistry as people who have had a severe stroke or who are dying, research showed published in the May 2009 edition of Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism. Apparently, when oxygen desaturation >10% occurs, a significant and severe disorder occurs to the brain bioenergetics, even if transient.

This research (determined by using MRI) does suggest that OSA does impair brain function much more severely than once thought.

For those who have untreated OSA, please see your physician and get this treated!!!

Read more about this here.
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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids. Google+ Christopher Chang, MD Bio

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