Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) seems to have claimed another life. Thomas Kinkade, a famous American painter, was found dead in his home on April 6th. According to family and initial reports, it appears the he died of natural causes in his sleep. Given the body type and build of Kinkade along with the absense of any other sickness, it is very likely that OSA was the culprit.
Many people are not aware of the deadliness of this diesase and do not know the signs to look for. I encourage each of you to take a look at some typical diagnostic questions associated with sleep apnea and be on the look out for your family and friends that may be at risk!
- Do you snore? Y/N
- Are you excessively sleepy during the day? Y/N
- Have you been told you stop breathing when you sleep? Y/N
- Do you have a history of hyptertension? Y/N
- Is your neck size greater than 17 inches (if male) or 16 inches (if female)? Y/N
If someone answers "Yes" to two or more of these questions, they may be a risk of having OSA and should consult with their physician, dentist or sleep center about getting a sleep study.