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Your Sleep Apnea Could Be the Result of Ground Zero Exposure

December 17, 2021 | Michael Barasch

Anyone who lived, worked, or studied in Lower Manhattan on or after 9/11 has a higher risk of obstructive sleep apnea as a result of their exposure to Ground Zero toxins. 

If you have a 9/11-related respiratory or autodigestive condition – such as asthma, sinusitis, or GERD – that contributes to obstructive sleep apnea, you may be eligible for free health care from the World Trade Center Health Program and a substantial award from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

With obstructive sleep apnea, the throat muscles block the airways during sleep, causing you to wake frequently – often without knowing it.

Your obstructive sleep apnea could create dangerous fatigue and health problems including:

• Falling asleep while driving;

• Inability to stay awake during the daytime;

• High blood pressure;

• Diabetes;

• Difficulty concentrating;

• Heart problems;

• Stroke;

• High cholesterol; and

• Liver disorders.

9/11 first responders and survivors should ask their primary health care providers about obstructive sleep apnea, as well as the 68 types of cancer and many respiratory illnesses presumed linked to Ground Zero toxins on and after 9/11.

Early detection could save your life.

For obstructive sleep apnea claims, the Victim Compensation Fund now requires evidence of at least six months of continuous C-PAP usage, in addition to a letter from your doctor about the severity of the sleep apnea, and how the condition impacts your daily life

If you are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea or any other 9/11-related cancers or respiratory illnesses, we can help you access resources through the free World Trade Center Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. 

Visit or call 212-385-8000 today.

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2 replies on “Your Sleep Apnea Could Be the Result of Ground Zero Exposure”

Hi Joe, We’re sorry to hear about your health. Please call us as soon as possible at 800-657-0326 so we can discuss your eligibility for the free World Trade Center Health Program or the permanently extended and funded $10+ Billion Victim Compensation Fund. Take care.

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