Does sleep apnea cause thick blood?

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Yes, definitely. Sleep apnea causes body hypoxa, which stimulates the kidneys to secrete erythropoetin, which in turn stimulates red blood cell maturation and get them released into the blood. Too much red blood cells cause thick blood.
Will not wearing a c pap hurt you in the long run I hate mine
Right, if you don't wear one, in the long run you might get fatigue, liver problem, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, none of these is fun. I don't like the mask either. However, it's a treatment, not an enjoyment. As we get old, we just have to learn to accept things we dislike.
CPAP has side effects but I don't think it will hurt you in the long run. It would be worse for a sleep apnea sufferer if not using a CPAP.
CPAP is not supposed to be a torture device. There are several factors that can and will determine long term compliance. Most of the patients I see who are struggling with compliance do so because of insufficient time spent one on one with them and their families. Clinicians and technologist get so focused on creating perfect test results that we forget to look at our patients and realize you are not comfortable. With that being said, I would like to apologize if this occurred.
If you were given a full face mask this could be one reason you struggle. Techs think patients who are struggling need their pressures decreased for comfort, but in reality a very high percentage of patients only needed their pressures increased. If you are not getting enough air through your nasal mask to breath are you going to continue to breath through your nose? Nope! You are going to breath through the bigger hole, mouth! You open your mouth to get a deeper breath and the PAP machine detects a leak and rushes hurricane force air at you to compensate for the leak. Then you say that’s to much air and the tech says that’s as low as I can go and you are labeled a mouth breather and they slap this huge mask on you, tighten it down until you loose feeling in your face go back to the computer as you lay there feeling as though you are smothering. This could have all been avoided if they would’ve taken the time to ask questions. So if you are on a full face mask (which is a mask that covers your nose and mouth) there is a huge possibility that you can in fact wear a nasal mask if you are given adequate pressure to feel as though you can inhale fully without opening your mouth. There are also comfort settings that can be set that decrease the pressure momentarily during exhalation making it feel more like normal breathing. If you are on a nasal mask and your pressures are high enough check your ramp setting to make sure it is not set at 45 minutes with a starting pressure of 4. That is not enough air!!!!!! Lastly make sure you are using heated humidifier and heat tubing. If you are not you will dry out and breath through your mouth. There is one thing I cant help you with, that is your willingness to be positive and proactive towards this process. If you go into this with an attitude that there is no way you can ever sleep with one of “those masks”, you won’t. I hope this is helpful.
What advice do you have for someone who was diagnosed with A-Fib and sleep apnea.I used the Cpap, I had the pillow one covering my nostrils for 1 month. I had a hard time using the Cpap, the reason is all my life I start out sleeping on my stomach. I couldn't get comfortable because of the tubing. I'm 58, diabetic,high blood pressure. So what do I do? Snoring only occurres when I role over on my back.
Take CPAP as usual. Have your BP and blood sugar well controlled. Live a healthy life. As for A-Fib, consult a cardiologist about radiofrequency ablation.
CPAP is definitely good for you. If it really makes your life miserable, you can also do without it. Also keep your BP and blood sugar well controlled. Exercise more. As for the A-fib, you can take warfarin (prescription needed) to prevent clot formation or you can have a surgery to get rid of it.
Cathy I would suggest ResMed N30i nasal cushion mask. This mask has been tolerated very well by my patients who have had a difficult time getting used to CPAP. I personally wear this mask as well and I have no problem sleeping on my stomach. The tubing comes off the top of your head making it easy to turn from side to side without getting wrapped up in tubing. This mask is the size of a pillow mask without the discomfort of having something in your nose. As others have stated you can choose not to wear CPAP, however your health will continue to decline. Untreated sleep apnea can cause, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, adult onset type 2 diabetes, atrial fib, depression and on and on the list continues. You can choose to treat all of your health conditions with medications  (and you should) you may see an improvement initially. Unfortunately that will be short lived if you do not treat obstructive sleep apnea. I hope this helps
What is your definition of "thick blood"? If you mean hyperlipidemia, sleep apnea doesn't lead to it directly.
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