Dr Deepak Shrivastava, professor in the department of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine at the University of California, talks to ETHealthworld about the different treatment options that have been developed for curing sleep apnea.

Tell us about the major complications faced by people suffering from sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is one of the disorders which is probably very prevalent and has significant medical and social implications. It includes cardiovascular, neurocognitive as well as metabolic complications.

It is also associated with high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, angina heart attack, sudden death, high blood glucose and stroke. These complications are implicated significantly because of uncontrolled, undiagnosed or untreated sleep apnea.