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Dr. Richard J. Dahar

834 California Avenue
Avalon, PA 15202-2706
(412) 766-5016
208 W. Newcastle St.
Zelienople, PA 16063
(724) 452-4010

Sleep Apnea

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What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is emerging as one of the most widespread and costly health issues in the U.S. OSA is known to affect more than 18 million Americans, including children, 85% of whom are undiagnosed.* The disease is characterized by upper airway obstruction, associated with repeated gaps in breathing and interrupted sleep. OSA is known to raise a person's risk of serious medical problems such as:

  • heart attack
  • stroke
  • depression
  • hypertension
  • auto-immune disorders

Did You Know?

  • Up to 20% of adults suffer from sleep apnea
  • 85% of people with sleep apnea are undiagnosed
  • People with sleep apnea have more heart attacks, strokes, and die earlier
  • The estimated US economic cost of OSA is more that $65 billion

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