Sleep Apnea Test – At Home just as Effective as Overnight Sleep Lab Diagnosis

Sleep Apnea Test – At Home just as Effective as Overnight Sleep Lab Diagnosis

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[Best Syndication News] Obstructive sleep apnea can be diagnosed at home with portable sleep monitors with just as much success as going to an overnight sleep lab according to a recent study from lead researcher Samuel T. Kuna, M.D., Chief of the pulmonary, critical care and sleep section at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. The study will be presented at the ATS 2010 International Conference in New Orleans.

The study found that those individuals who had their sleep apnea diagnosed with take home sleep monitoring equipment had shown similar improvements after three months of being treated with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine as those diagnosed the traditional method of going to an overnight sleep center to be tested for sleep apnea.

This could make it easier for people to get diagnosed for sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea causes breathing airways to block during sleep. The obstructive sleep apnea can be treated by using a CPAP machine that will keep the airways open. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a common problem. If a person snores when they sleep, this could be related to obstructive sleep apnea. According to the report, around 4 percent of women and 9 percent of men in the US have either moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea. Out of these estimates, around 80 percent that have obstructive sleep apnea do not get diagnosed or treated for the condition.

Obstructive sleep apnea has been shown in other studies to increase the risk for hypertension, traffic accidents, and cardiovascular disease.

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