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The Center for Sleep Medicine
The connection between obstructive sleep apnea and heart disease is evolving very rapidly. People with cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure, heart failure, and stroke have a high prevalence of sleep apnea. Whether sleep apnea actually causes heart disease is still unclear, but we do know that if you have sleep apnea today, the chance that you will develop hypertension in the future increases significantly. One of the problems in defining the relationship between sleep apnea and heart disease is that people with sleep apnea often have other co-existing diseases as well. Fortunately, when treated for heart disease and sleep apnea, the measures of blood pressure or heart failure are significantly improved. There is good evidence demonstrating a cause-and-effect relationship between hypertension and sleep apnea.
Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the US, killing nearly 900,000 people each year. Hypertension, commonly referred to as high blood pressure, is directly related to sleep apnea. The most recent studies prove that people who allow moder¬ate to severe sleep apnea to continue untreated are 7 times more likely to die of cardiovascular complications such as heart attack. Treating a sleep disorder is an important part of heart health.
Sleep apnea is also indicated in increased stroke risk. People with untreated sleep apnea run a 2-3 times greater risk of suffering from certain types of strokes than those who are treated. In addition, stroke victims have a tendency to develop sleep apnea as a direct result of the event. This becomes a vicious cycle with subsequent stroke risk increasing by 2-3 times because of the development of apnea. The best defense is to recognize the signs of sleep apnea and discuss them with your doctor.
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Did you know that the average adult needs 7-8 hours of sleep each night for peak performance? Although each person's sleep needs differ, studies show that sleeping less than 7 hours a night on a regular basis may lead to serious health risks such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and weight gain. Diabetes affects 25.8 million people, 8.3% of the U.S. population. Sleep apnea is associated with hypoxemia, which is a lowering of oxygen pressure in the arteries. When this occurs, the insulin resistance associated with Type 2 diabetes develops in many people. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Task Force on Epidemiology and Prevention suggests that approximately 40% of Type 2 diabetics also suffer from sleep apnea. When treating the cause of the hypoxemia through the use of positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy, many people see a marked improvement in insulin sensitivity. Optimizing sleep duration and
quality may be important means of improving blood sugar control in people with Type 2 diabetes.
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The good news is that help is available.
The Center for Sleep Medicine at 1420 Broadway, Hewlett, NY combines the latest generation sleep technology with the comforts of a hotel, providing a safe environment where patients can undergo the highest quality and most accurate sleep studies available.
After your sleep study is completed, a report will be sent to your physician for review and a personalized treatment plan will be developed to improve your sleep. We will work with your physician to make sure that your sleep condition is monitored on a continual basis. In addition, education and support services are readily available for patients as well as their sleep partners.
For more information, contact The Center for Sleep Medicine at (516) 374-8830.