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Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS)

Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS) falls between snoring and sleep apnea on the range of sleep disordered breathing. People with UARS experience a partial blockage of the airway which results in resistance to airflow and difficulty breathing. Although snoring may or may not be present, patients with UARS do not stop breathing like patients with obstructive sleep apnea. However, upper airway resistance is a serious problem.

If you have Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome, it’s as if you have to breathe through a very small straw. The amount of time necessary to get all the oxygen you into your lungs and the suction pressure creates a lot of work for the muscles of your heart and puts extra stress on your cardiovascular system. UARS can lead to serious health problems like high blood pressure and heart disease.

Unfortunately, most people with UARS don’t know they have it and as a result don’t get any treatment. In fact, most people only get treated for sleep disordered breathing if they meet the diagnosis criteria for sleep apnea.

Treatment for Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome can do a lot to improve your health because it will be easier for you to breathe at night. If you start treating your sleep disordered breathing early when it is classified as UARS, you may prevent it from turning into the more severe problem of obstructive sleep apnea.

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