May 21, 2011 by Post Team
Sleep Apnea, Sleep apnea is a relatively common disorder in those who suffer a) snore very loudly and b) occasionally stops breathing during sleep. It’s linked to everything from obesity to death, and millions of people suffer from sleep apnea, mild to moderate. Shaquille O’Neal is one of them. Shaq agreed to participate in a sleep study at Harvard University, after some insistence of his wife in question, Nikki Alexander. He recorded his experience to help raise awareness of a disorder that seems minor, but can become a kind of a big deal.
May is Better Sleep Month. Undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea is causing unnecessary suffering, according to Brian Marks, who is director of cardiopulmonary services and Hillside Hospital Sleep Medicine Center. Sleep Medicine Center has two-sleep laboratory for sleep studies and each of the clones of a regular bedroom setting. One of the objectives of staff is to educate the community about sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.
“Severe sleep disorders, such as the syndrome of obstructive sleep apnea, the impact of a significant number of people,” he said. “And, more importantly, many people are not aware of the symptoms, risk factors or serious complications that can result from untreated sleep disorders.”
According to Marks, many patients are diagnosed with depression are actually suffering from long-term effects of untreated sleep apnea. Up to twenty-five percent of people with high blood pressure have sleep apnea and patients with untreated sleep apnea have a higher risk of initial and recurrent heart attacks.
“Physicians have a high clinical suspicion of sleep apnea if a patient is overweight, have high blood pressure, is tired and is experiencing a decreased ability to concentrate. Ordering a sleep evaluation should be considered. And certainly, anyone with an underlying history of heart disease should be evaluated for sleep apnea, and significantly increases the risk of recurrent heart attack. ”
“Sleep apnea is a very treatable disease, and patients see as huge benefits in quality of life. The clinical benefits include reduced risk of heart attack and relief of symptoms.”
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