Sleep Apnea Amongst the Descendants
of Simon Lereau dit L'Heureux
Several on the L'Heureux descendants have mentioned that they or a member
of their family have Sleep Apnea. To follow up on this, we are compiling
data on those people. The table below summarizes these data. Of interest
is the fact that for the four people listed below for which we have an
ascendance, the common ancestor is Pierre Lereau (son of Pierre, son of
Simon) married to Marie Dumont in 1712.
CSA = Central Sleep Apnea
OSA = Obstructive Sleep Apnea
||Descendant who has the problem
||Husband Ray L'Heureux has sleep apnea. He also has coronary heart disease
and has had 5 angioplastys and a valve replacement as well as a by-pass
|Ida L'Heureux-Wilks (#42)
||Had sleep apnea. Problem was fixed by surgery. She had OSA.
|Guy L'Heureux (#5)
||Has sleep apnea.
||Husband (#46) is a L'Heureux descendant. Daughter has sleep apnea.
|Pat McCabe (#36)
||Pat and her brother Michael have sleep apnea.
If you know of a descendant of a L'Heureux that suffers from Sleep
Apnea, please send me your information
and I will add it to the above list. Note that there are two Sleep Apnea
conditions, Central Sleep Apnea and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Some sufferers
have both (called Mixed Sleep Apnea). If you know which one you (or your
relative has), tell us that too. To find out how to tell them apart, check
out the Central Sleep
Apnea Informational Page.
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I have since found out that 18 million americans suffer from Sleep Apnea.
So the fact that our group has five may be just a reflection of that fact
(7% of the population have it). So, let us not panic
just yet. But on the Sleep
Apnea Clearing House site, I did find the comment: "Sleep apnea
appears to run in some families, suggesting a possible genetic basis."
Sleep apnea can be life threatening if untreated.
The disorder contributes to heart disease, problems with blood pressure,
decreased mental faculties, sexual problems, and psychological problems
including but not limited to depression, as well as falling asleep
while at work, on the phone, or driving.
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