Not Just a Man's Disease -- Women Get Sleep Apnea Too!

September 19, 2014 12:24 PM

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Not Just a Man's Disease -- Women Get Sleep Apnea Too!

Decades ago, heart disease was thought of as a "man's disease" before well-targeted public education campaigns increased cardiac illness recognition among women and its profound impact on their health. Similarly, one of the most common sleep disorders, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), has received a masculine label.

Granted, OSA affects half as many women as men, but it is far from rare -- about 6 percent of women suffer from this condition [1]. The lack of awareness in the medical community about the impact of OSA on women is partly rooted in gender bias and partly due to sex differences of the symptoms.

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