Up Close & Personal with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Posted on: March 16, 2009

This is a patient undergoing a diagnostic home sleep study prior to undergoing gastric banding surgery. She has a BMI of 44 kg/m2. She stops breathing up to 80 seconds, 63 times per hour and her blood oxygen levels drop to 51% from wake levels of 95%. She was suffering from excessive daytime tiredness.


Severe obstructive sleep apnoea. This patient stopped breathing 122 times per hour of sleep. His heart stopped beating twice for 10 seconds at a time during an apnoea. This video shows one of those occasions.


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