5 Health Conditions That Are More Common Than You Think

Find out which health issues are surprisingly common.

5 Health Conditions That Are More Common Than You Think

Unfortunately, in today's day and age, it's likely that you know someone in your family or friend circle that’s been affected by heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. According to the CDC, more than half of all adults had one or more chronic health conditions and four in ten adults had two or more chronic health conditions. Here are five other health conditions that are actually more common than you may think.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Chances are you know someone who snores, which is a common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It affects approximately 30 million Americans or 10 percent of the population. OSA is a chronic disorder marked by people who experience a “pause” in their breathing or shallow breathing during sleep. When the airway is blocked by soft tissue during sleep, the oxygen levels in the body drop causing the person to wake up long enough to begin breathing normally again. The sleeper’s breathing pauses five or more times an hour; sometimes as often as once or twice each minute, and the person often is not aware that they “woke up.” Even though the awakenings are usually very short, they fragment and interrupt the sleep cycle, leading the sufferer to experience daytime fatigue, potential memory issues, and problems concentrating. Apnea is now accepted as one of the treatable causes of hypertension and is a strong predictor of stroke and heart disease. Remedying this issue may help improve your heart health. If you’ve been diagnosed with OSA by a doctor, they might recommend a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) to keep breathing airways open, positional therapy, use of oral appliances, nasal resistors, behavioral measures—including weight loss if OSA started after weight gain or an exercise regimen, and avoiding alcohol close to bedtime. If these solutions don’t work, a physician might recommend surgery to help remedy your OSA.

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Drowning: How to Respond

It's critical to get the person breathing again as soon as possible.

Drowning can happen quickly. Three children die every day from drowning, and most fatal incidents happen from lack of appropriate supervision. Every minute that passes is critical in saving them or preventing serious injury. Here's what to do if you see someone drowning and you need to help rescue them.

Call 911

You should alert emergency responders as soon as possible. If there are other people around, instruct someone to make the call. If you are alone, help the drowning person until you can give CPR for one minute and then call 911 yourself (then continue life-saving measures).

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