Treatments For Sleep Apnea Disorder

Sleep apnea is a disorder that results from interrupted breathing during sleep. Indicators of this condition are snoring and tiredness despite getting a full night’s rest.

Sleep apnea does not immediately present itself as a serious problem, but it may cause heart problems and other health complications. Because of this, it is important to seek treatment for sleep apnea.

The term “sleep apnea” is an umbrella term that can refer to different versions of the disorder. As a result, treatment for sleep apnea can vary from patient to patient. Treatment methods include continuous positive airway pressure, adjustable airway pressure devices, oral appliances, supplemental oxygen bi-level positive airway pressure, and adaptive servo-ventilation—to name a few. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary.

When diagnosing or treating sleep apnea, your doctor may first recommend some lifestyle changes before prescribing medication. Some helpful lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking and losing weight, are effective treatments.

Information on other at-home treatments, such as changing sleeping positions, are also helpful. However, be sure to consult your doctor first.

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. About every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and about one every minute will die from one, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Between 70 and 89 percent of sudden cardiac events occur in men, and as part of Men’s Health Awareness Week June 13 through 17, 2011, the medical professionals at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center want to make sure male beneficiaries know the best way to help reduce their risk.

There are several risk factors affecting heart disease. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is the leading cause of stroke, according to the American Heart Association. Read the rest of this entry

Men who have type 2 diabetes in addition to obstructive sleep apnea seem to benefit from a regular exercise regimen, a new study has found.

Greater endurance from consistent physical activity can significantly boost survival rates for men with both conditions, researchers found. The findings are significant since the prevalence of sleep apnea, which commonly occurs in people with diabetes and high blood pressure, is on the rise, the study authors noted.

“Recent findings suggest that patients with sleep apnea have an increased risk of dying of any cause compared with individuals without sleep apnea,” study co-author Dr. Skikha Khosla, an endocrinologist at the Washington, D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center and George Washington University, said in a news release from the Endocrine Society. Read the rest of this entry

TopMedicalAlertCompanies.com is very proud to announce LifeWatch Services, Inc. has joined its network of medical alert companies in the U.S. As part of the online medical alert network, LifeWatch will provide consumers across the country with competitive quotes for medical alert products and services.
LifeWatch is the top ambulatory health monitoring services company in the U.S, a subsidiary of LifeWatch AG, a leader in healthcare technology solutions. Founded in 1993, LifeWatch Service, Inc. offers round-the-clock remote heart monitoring and home sleep testing services for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) suffers. Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/[ Press Release]/ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania / Childhood obesity in Pennsylvania is at 29.7% according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Pennsylvania weight loss problems mount as the state will pay $4.138 billion in annual medical costs of obesity.

One in three children are overweight or obese. If one’s child is overweight or obese, would they give them HCG weight loss? BMI (Body Mass Index) greater than 30 = obesity.

Childhood obesity has increased over 300% in the past 30 years according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control). Obesity among children aged 6 to 11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008. Obesity among adolescents aged 12 to 19 years increased from 5.0% to 18.1% during the same time period. Read the rest of this entry

SeptRx,an emerging medical device company that is developing the SeptRx® Intrapocket PFO Occluder (IPO)—a platform for the percutaneous transcatheter closure of a heart defect known as patent foramen ovale (PFO)—announced today that the company has received $2.7 million in a ‘Series A’ financing led by NDC (Nitinol Devices & Components) Inc. The cash infusion is intended to “carry us through CE mark registration,” said Scott Russell, President and CEO of SeptRx.

The SeptRx® Intrapocket PFO Occluder has already completed a successful 11-patient first-in-human (FIH) clinical trial. SeptRx’s FIH trial was the first and only PFO device trial to demonstrate 100% closure and 100% safety (out to 3 years). A larger European clinical trial is nearly underway: InterSEPT (In-tunnel SeptRx European PFO Trial), from which data will be used to apply for CE marking. The trial will be conducted at two investigation sites: Frankfurt, Germany, and Massy,France. Read the rest of this entry

A 2007 Sleep in America poll showed that 60% of women are tired during the day. Sleepiness can be divided into three problem areas: not getting enough sleep (quantity); not getting enough good sleep (quality); and shift-work disruptions in sleep (circadian rhythm abnormalities).

“Women are sleepy because we work very hard, and we work a lot,” Fadness explained. Women work an average of 41.7 hours per week (compared with 48.8 hours for men), but when you add in the work they do around the home the total comes to 65 to 85 hours per week.

Lifestyle causes

“We are getting so much less sleep than we were 100 years ago,” said Fadness. This can be attributed to snoring spouses, children, job stress and domesticated animals. Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/ [ Press Release ]/ OKLAHOMA CITY, June 2, 2011 /- Graymark Healthcare, Inc. , the nation’s second largest provider of diagnostic sleep services and an innovator in comprehensive care for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), has partnered with North Oak Medical Park of Kansas City to offer comprehensive sleep medicine services to the county’s residents.Offering the most comprehensive sleep care in the region, the new custom built sleep facility at North Oak Medical Park will be able to accommodate day and evening sleep testing services seven days a week. The facility provides a comprehensive care model of sleep medicine services through partnerships with the Midwest Sleep Specialists, somniTech sleep testing, and somniCare CPAP/BiPAP equipment. This enables patients to get their sleep disorders diagnosed and treated all in one convenient location. Read the rest of this entry

A North Bay startup that’s developing diagnostic equipment for sleep apnea plans to move to Sonoma County after winning a competition giving it free office space and professional support for a year.

The contest was organized by North Bay iHub, an economic development group connected with the Sonoma Mountain Business Cluster, which is providing the office space. A pool of 36 contestants competed for a prize package worth $40,000 which also included cash and legal, marketing and accounting services.

K-diagnostics, based partly in San Rafael, is developing touchless technology to diagnose and monitor sleep apnea. The technology, called “Sleep ID,” can be used in a home or a medical setting and uses low-power radar to measure respiratory and heart rates.

The prevalence of sleep apnea is actually quite strong now. There are more than 40 million Americans affected.The company is planning to move into the Rohnert Park business cluster and employ a staff of 30 by the end of 2012.

Obesity remains a major problem in the Coastal Bend, a troubling statistic because of its association with sleep apnea , type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke, a regional health study found.

Nearly two-thirds of the 500 people surveyed were overweight or obese, a statistic that did not surprise health care and social service providers interviewed for the study, according to the 2010 Coastal Bend Community Health Needs Assessment.

The providers said the most frequent condition they saw in the past year was obesity and overweight patients, according to the study. Read the rest of this entry

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