What are these consequences? The resolution points out that “untreated sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, and diabetes.”
The resolution also notes that anyone can suffer from sleep apnea. It “can strike anyone, at any age, at any time, including children.”
But the good news is that sleep apnea can be treated. The resolution states that “lifestyle changes, mouthpieces, surgery, and/or breathing devices can successfully treat sleep apnea.” These breathing devices – called CPAP – are the most effective treatment for sleep apnea.
The resolution has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The AASM sent a letter of support and thanks to Rep. Bilirakis.
Read the full text of H. Res. 384 online.
Learn more about obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea on SleepEducation.com. Get help for sleep apnea from an AASM-accredited sleep center near you.
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