Is Sleep Apnea Hereditary?

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Is Sleep Apnea Hereditary?

Postby pickmeupeveryday » Sun Oct 10, 2010 10:11 pm

Hi

I was just wondering if sleep apnea is hereditary. I know both my parents snore at night, but I am not certain if they are sleep apnea sufferers.

Thank you.
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Postby Mrs Rip Van Winkle » Sun Oct 10, 2010 10:18 pm

pickmeupeveryday.

I need to ask....other than posting, have you spent time reading sticky's and threads on these forums? Please read read read....though your questions are fully appreciated, a good way to learn and are great questions...reading up on things will help too.

Yes, SA can be hereditary. It is not about just the symptoms (which some do and do not have), but the body structure and so on.
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Postby balor123 » Sun Oct 10, 2010 11:34 pm

There's a lot of variation in summaries on the web so it's nice to hear an anecdotal case sometimes. Anyway, my dad and brother both believe they have sleep apea. I have now been diagnosed so I would say yes.
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Postby Bearded One » Mon Oct 11, 2010 12:31 am

As with other physical attributes that can be inherited; such as a long nose, high cheek bones, or prominent chin, certain physical attributes that can cause sleep apnea can also be inherited.
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Postby vivey » Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:01 pm

I would be very surprised if it isn't. I have it, my sister has it, both my brothers have it, my son has recently been diagnosed with it, and I'm certain my mother did. Also my husband and his father both do. It's GOT to run in the family!
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Postby dozindude » Sun Nov 14, 2010 12:08 am

As a recent CPAP user (just got mine today), I just found this place and I too was curious, since the specialist at the CPAC store told me that they are finding more evidence that apnea is indeed hereditary.

Yes my Dad snored like a champ so I'm sure he had it too. But having said that I am also overweight and have some other common symptoms. I feel fortunate that I decided to pursue the subject and I am feeling better already!
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Postby balor123 » Sun Nov 14, 2010 12:16 am

I am a bit curious though. I am not overweight and when an ENT looked in my mouth he couldn't believe the diagnosis. Have others had this experience too? Very strange. I wonder if the apnea can be caused in another place that's not visible by looking in someone's mouth, like maybe the esophagus.
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Postby dozindude » Sun Nov 14, 2010 3:02 am

I don't think that sleep apnea is always "visible" as it can be caused my problems other than a collapsed windpipe. I asked my sleep doc about the option of surgery, and looked in my throat too. He didn't see anything that could be operated on - yet I have been diagnosed with severe apnea. Soooo... that's all I've got to say about that!
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Postby jessy 49 » Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:49 am

balor123 wrote:I am a bit curious though. I am not overweight and when an ENT looked in my mouth he couldn't believe the diagnosis. Have others had this experience too? Very strange. I wonder if the apnea can be caused in another place that's not visible by looking in someone's mouth, like maybe the esophagus.


Don't forget that there is central sleep apnea -- which is a problem in the brain and has nothing to do with the physical structure of your throat or esophagus or being overweight.
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