Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Friday, January 29, 2010

ARE YOU SICK AND TIRED OF BEING SICK AND TIRED?

PATIENTS WITH UNTREATED SLEEP APNEA ARE PRONE TO MANY NUMEROUS MEDICAL PROBLEMS FROM HEART ATTACKS,STROKES, SHORT TERM MEMORY LOSS, INCREASED MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS, WORSENING OF DIABETES, CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE, STRESS DISORDERS INCLUDING DEPRESSION AND MANY OTHER PSYCHIATRIC PROBLEMS.

THE MAJORITY OF PATIETS GIVEN CPAP ARE UNABLE TO TOLERATE IT OR ONLY WEAR IT FOR A FEW HOURS A DAY. CPAP IS THE GOLD STANDARD OF TREATMENT AND IS VERY EFFECTIVE WHEN USED ALL NIGHT/ EVERY NIGHT.

STROKES AND HEART ATTACKS USUALLY OCCUR IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS 3-5 AM. PATIENTS WHO WEAR CPAP FOR ONLY A FEW HOURS HAVE USUALLY STOPPED USING THEIR CPAP BEFORE THEY REACH THIS HOUR WITH PEAK RISK FOR CARDIOVASCULAR EVENTS. IT IS CRITICAL FOR CPAP USERS TO WEAR THEIR CPAP FOR 7-7 1/2 HOURS A NIGHT.

PATIENTS WHO ARE INADEQUATELY TREATED OFTEN ARE TIRED AND MORE PRONE TO ILLNESS. IF YOU CANNOT TOLERATE CPAP TREATMENT OF YOUR SLEEP APNEA THAN AN ORAL APPLIANCE IS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL ALTERNATIVE TO CPAP. THERE ARE ALSO SURGICAL AND BEHAVIORAL METHODS OF TREATING OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA INCLUDING POSITIONAL THERAPY AND WEIGHT LOSS.

IF YOU ARE SICK AND TIRED OF BEING SICK AND TIRED YOUR ANSWER IS TO TREAT YOUR SLEEP APNEA THOROUGHLY. IF YOU HATE CPAP COMFORTABLE ORAL APPLIANCES MAY BE A SOLUTION THAT WILL DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE AS WELL AS PROTECT YOUR HEALTH.

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posted by Dr Shapira at 8:54 PM