Posted on 17 July 2010.
Why is it that when you walk into most cardiologist’s doctor offices, they rarely will admit that their patients have sleep apnea?
This is a question that most people should be wondering about. It’s just like walking into a endocrinologist’s office and he/she tells you they never see obese patients.
When you look at all of the clinical data, it all suggests that patients who have cardiovascular disease also have a very likelihood of having sleep apnea. Or at a bare minimum, this is a very high risk group for having OSA. When you think about the physics here, it just makes sense.
When you have sleep apnea, you are snoring usually much of the night, your airway is closing, and your body is not getting much oxygen. And when the airway is clear, your heart starts pumping like crazy to make up for lost time, and lost oxygen in your system. This nasty combination which can happen over and over again all night long leads to heart problems in many. Heart attacks, and also strokes.
So why? Why cardiologists would you think that your patients for some reason don’t have sleep apnea. Or why would you think that sleep apnea is something that you should not worry about? Is it because you don’t care about your patient’s health? I don’t think that is the answer. Or is it because you went to medical school so long ago that they didn’t have any of the current studies available for you to read? Why? What’s the reason. Especially when recent studies show how roughly 50% of congestive heart failure patients have obstructive sleep apnea!
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist mr. cardiologist. You just need to smell some coffee every once in a while. Start screening your patients for sleep apnea. If you want to learn how to do that, just go and read the information on how to screen for OSA.
Posted in Sleep Apnea
Posted on 20 May 2010.
Stop Breathing During Sleep
Stopping breathing during sleep is one of the most common signs of some type of breathing problem. This is what many husbands and wives notice from their sleeping partner, especially when there are other symptoms associated when breathing stops.
Most importantly, this is something that should be taken very seriously, and looked into further. When breathing stops during sleep, it is instantly slowing down or even stopping the flow of oxygen to the body. This means that when the flow of air stops, the heart, brain, and every other body part are getting less oxygen than they deserve. This can lead to all sorts of medical problems and even death.
Many people who stop breathing during sleep, have a sleeping disorder that is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This breathing disorder is so common, that there is a good chance that everyone on this planet knows several people who have the disorder, but who are currently undiagnosed. When our bodies are asleep, they should not be going through all of the punishment that is happening due to a lack of air in the lungs. This is causing all sorts of side effects like high blood pressure, and even stroke.
If you stop breathing during your sleep, don’t just wait around for it to change. If someone says that you stop breathing during your sleep, its time to fix your problem. Fixing sleep apnea is not rocket science. There are many different ways to combat this sleeping disorder without having to go through medications or surgery. Ask your local physician what he or she recommends to get help with this. Fixing sleep apnea will have a very positive effect on your life. For Sure!
Posted in Sleep Apnea
Posted on 14 May 2010.
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Husband Snores all night long, what can I do?
First off, don’t worry too much, there are about 15 million other wives dealing with the exact same thing as you. Most of the time, it is because your husband has a case of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). If your husband is someone who is tired much of th time, pauses or chokes in his sleep, and has no recollection of this behavior, that might just mean he has sleep apnea. It is totally treatable. But get started contacting someone either by phone or through the internet that can help out. There should be all types of local companies who specialize in helping patients just like your husband, many of them are probably related to sleep medicine organizations or medical groups. Some of the side effects of un treated sleep apnea can lead to health issues down the road, so that is why you should get started with this right away. It is never too late.
Some of the problems that you will probably encounter is a husband who is in denial about their snoring, and apnea, and how it effects their life. If they are like the other 15 million husbands, they think it is no big deal since they have been dealing with it already their whole life. WRONG. It’s a major big deal having un treated sleep apnea. Their throat is closing up and causing oxygen levels to go down in their whole body including their brain… I think that is a very big deal. But once again never fear, sleep apnea is 100% treatable. The bigger issue is going to be getting your husband out of the denial phase. That is probably best left to a professional. So again, I encourage you to seek help right away. This will be a major improvement in your husband’s life, and they should have nothing but BIG THANKS for you being able to help them out like this. Some people have never slept with their husbands and not had them snore until they treated their sleep apnea. I can put my wife in that category too. Good luck, and don’t wait to get started.
Posted in Husband Snores