(ReclaimingAmerica.net) – President Joe Biden is battling sleep apnea — a potentially deadly condition — the White House finally admitted after reporters noticed marks on his face.
According to the White House, the marks were left from the straps of a CPAP machine which normalizes the breathing of apnea patients during their sleep.
“Sleep apnea is a dangerous condition because it can cause several different complications, many of which are severe or life-threatening,” reads the Cleveland Clinic website.
The clinic states the “potentially deadly” condition could result in heart damage, heart failure, and cardiac arrest.
Andrew Bates, deputy press secretary of the White House, said Biden suffers from sleep apnea, which had been disclosed before.
“Since 2008, the President has disclosed his history with sleep apnea in thorough medical reports. He used a CPAP machine last night, which is common for people with that history,” Bates told Fox News.
Reporters could see the strap lines on the sides of Biden’s face while speaking with the President on the White House lawn Wednesday morning.
The sleep apnea admission would add additional concerns about the physical and mental health of 80-year-old Biden, the oldest President in US history, who is seeking a second term, The New York Post writes.
It notes that White House photographers had noticed the marks on the President’s face during other recent events. Yet, Wednesday’s photos sparked social media discussions, with CPAC users commenting that they have similar lines on their faces.
As sleep apnea causes sufferers to stop breathing temporarily, CPAP machines can help patients receive enough oxygen at night, thus reducing a serious condition or even death.
The Post notes that Biden revealed his sleep apnea in 2008. However, a 2019 report on his health by Dr. Kevin O’Connor, now the White House physician, called him “healthy” and “vigorous,” and did not disclose that he continues to battle sleep apnea.
“Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) has been considered, but his symptoms have improved significantly after his sinus and nasal passage surgeries,” O’Connor wrote.
According to a 2008 National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research estimate, sleep apnea causes about 38,000 deaths in the US annually.