People with sleep apnea are at a higher risk of having a stroke or heart attack. By treating your sleep apnea, you will avoid these dangerous health risks.
Who should get screened for sleep apnea?
Current guidelines recommend testing for sleep apnea if you have any of these symptoms: insomnia, snoring, witnessed apneas, non-restful sleep, daytime fatigue, and excessive daytime sleepiness.
You should also get screened if you have any of the following chronic medical conditions (as these can be exacerbated):
- Diabetes mellitus
- Depression and other mood disorders
- Heart disease
- Migraine headaches
- Difficult-to-control asthma
- Pulmonary hypertension
Tests for Sleep Apnea
An overnight sleep study (polysomnogram) in a sleep lab will diagnose any sleep problems you may have. The polysomnogram is a painless test. Your sleep specialist will use the results to develop your treatment plan.
To schedule an overnight sleep study at Alta View Hospital’s Sleep Lab, call 801-314-2400.
Treatments for Sleep Apnea
Treatment is most successful with CPAP – a continuous positive airway pressure machine. The CPAP increases the pressure in your throat while you are sleeping and keeps your airway from collapsing. After you start using a CPAP, you should see an improvement in your symptoms.
To meet with a sleep specialist at Alta View Hospital’s Sleep Clinic, call 801-501-6100.