Did you know that 25% of men and 10% of women suffer from sleep apnea? Only about 5% of the cases have been diagnosed and treated. Middle aged people with severe apnea were 40% more likely to die of a heart attack, and having 10 minutes or more of breathing problems at night double the risk of death.
Diagnosing sleep apnea used to be very expensive where you would typically stay overnight in a sleep lab under the supervision of a medical staff who would be observing the sleep habits using audio and video equipment. Now there is an effective home test that allows the patient to remain in their normal environment. The wireless sleep test device collects data while you are asleep. It is put on and worn throughout the night and then returned to the doctor for reading and interpretation.
At New Horizon, we provide the instructions on how to perform the home sleep test. The device which is worn on the forehead will even notify you with voice prompts that you are wearing it correctly. If you have symptoms of sleep apnea, you should consult your physician as the disorder can have serious health implications. Common symptoms are:
• Snoring loud at night
• Waking in the morning with headache, dry mouth or choking
• Being tired through the day and having trouble concentrating
• Weight gain, heartburn or depression
At New Horizon, we can screen, administer home tests, diagnose and treat for sleep apnea. Our medical director, Meena Mehta, MD is a sleep apnea expert in the region. Home sleep testing is covered by Medicare and almost all medical plans. If you can identify with one or more of the symptoms above, it is in your best interest to consult with a medical professional. At New Horizon, we are ready for your confidential call. Call today at 781-269-5400 to learn more about sleep apnea.