Do I have Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common and serious sleep disorder that makes you stop breathing during sleep. The airway repeatedly gets obstructed, limiting the amount of oxygen available to your body. These obstructions, called apneas, are caused by the collapse of soft tissue in the airway, which prevents oxygen from reaching the lungs. This may occur up to several hundred times a night, depending on the severity of your condition which deprives the brain and other vital organs of life-sustaining oxygen. When this happens, you may snore loudly or make choking noises as you try to breathe. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea or OSA, which affects upwards of 45 million Americans.
- Loud persistent snoring
- Witnessed pauses in breathing
- Choking or gasping for air during sleep
- Restless sleep
- Frequent visits to the bathroom
- Early morning headaches
- Excessive daytime fatigue
- Poor concentration
- Depression or irritability
- Sleepiness during routine activities
There is a clear link between sleep apnea and cardiovascular problems. Clinical studies show that untreated sleep apnea may increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, arterial fibrillation, obesity, diabetes, heart failure and all kind of arrhythmias or irregular heartbeats. Effective diagnosis and treatment of Sleep Apnea may help prevent these conditions and may improve your cardiology treatment results.
In the past, sleep labs (in-lab polysomnography) were the only option available for testing sleep apnea, requiring an over-night stay at the hospital. An in-lab test may be costly as well as stressful, due to complexity of the test and unfamiliar environment. Today Sleep Apnea can be quickly and accurately diagnosed using a home sleep test performed in the comfort of your own bedroom. You'll sleep with a small watch-like device called WatchPAT for one night. The device will monitor your sleep and provide your physician with a detailed & comprehensive diagnostic report.
OSA can be successfully and easily treated. Based on your test results along with other parameters and considerations, your physician can identify the treatment for you. Lifestyle changes, CPAP devices, oral appliances or surgery can successfully treat OSA. Treatment helps restore normal breathing during sleep, reduces stress on your heart, relieves symptoms and improves your quality of life.
Are you at risk for Sleep Apnea?
To determine whether or not you may be at risk for Sleep Apnea, please answer the following simple questions:
1. Do you snore loudly?
2. Do you often feel tired, fatigued, or sleepy during the daytime?
3. Have you ever been told you stop breathing or make choking/gasping sounds during your sleep?
4. Do you have or are you being treated for High Blood Pressure?
5. Is your Body Mass Index more than 35?
6. Are you older than 50 years of age?
7. Is your neck size larger than 17 inches (males) or 16 inches (females)?
8. If you are male, mark "yes." If you are female, mark "no."
9. Have you ever been diagnosed for a cardiovascular disease?
YOU ARE AT HIGH RISK FOR SLEEP APNEA!!! TALK TO YOUR CARDIOLOGIST
YOU ARE AT LOW RISK FOR SLEEP APNEA