Obstructive Sleep Apnea and COVID-19

The current pandemic is understandably leading to anxiety and fear for many people, who are not only concerned about their own welfare, but vulnerable loved ones too. There is still much to be understood about this new strain of flu-like virus. However, one of the often-repeated facts we are aware of is the elderly and people with underlying health conditions are at increased risk of displaying severe symptoms and increased mortality rates. People with obstructive sleep apnea need to take additional care to minimize their potential exposure to the virus as it is a chronic respiratory condition which could place …

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Patient Safety regarding Infection Diseases

Message from the Chief Operating Officer: Millennium Sleep Lab is dedicated to the health of our patients which means getting them the test they need and not exposing them to COVID19 or any other infectious disease. We have existing infection control protocols for cleaning test equipment and facility surfaces that include: Intermediate level disinfectants used on hard surface like plastic cases Laundering with medical grade detergent of soft materials like elastic sensors Careful separation of clean areas from receiving areas The disinfectant used exceeds the recommendation from the CDC.  These protocols have been reviewed, inspected and approved by the JCAHO …

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Servicing the Undiagnosed OSA Population

We at Millennium Sleep Lab are disappointed that a pillar of the home sleep testing community has filed for Bankruptcy.  We considered NovaSom a quality provider that delivered in both technology as well as patient care. Losing a national sleep testing provider when there are an estimated 22 million Americans with obstructive sleep apnea and 80% undiagnosed, leaves many patients at risk of not receiving the care they need! Millennium Sleep Lab has historically served the mid-West with home sleep tests, but in the last year has expanded to serve the entire continental United States!  We can bring our core values of convenience, quality, …

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May is High Blood Pressure Education Month!

83% of drug resistant hypertension patients also have Obstructive Sleep Apnea! Half of Obstructive Sleep Apnea patients also have hypertension! The good news is treatment can help! For example evidence shows when you treat people with sleep apnea, their blood pressure is not only lower at night – it’s also lower during the day. Take time to have your (or your loved ones) sleep evaluated –  it can even be done in your own home! Talk to your us or your medical professional about your sleep today! According to the National Sleep Foundation https://sleepfoundation.org/ask-the-expert/sleep-apnea-and-heart-disease The American Heart Association and the American …

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#HeartMonth February

February is heart month. February is when we have our hearts checked and when we commit ourselves to heart-healthy living. According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US.  On thepositive side, there are many ways to reduce our risk of heart disease, and one of the easiest is to get tested and treated for sleep apnea. Evidence continues to show a close relationship between heart disease, including hypertension, and sleep apnea.  When oxygen levels decrease during sleep, blood pressure spikes. This high blood pressure can then carry into …

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Opioids and Sleep Related Breathing Disorders

Can general practitioners, pain therapists and oncologists reassure their patients regarding respiratory side effects in long-term treatment with opioids? The answer is “Not yet”. Opiate addiction is a growing and largely unsolved problem. However simply avoiding opioids as prescribed by a doctor out of fear of side effects, addiction or misuse is not effective when dealing with chronic pain. Improved knowledge of the negative effects of opioids combined with changing attitudes has helped to normalize the use of the most important relievers of pain. These changing attitudes and improved knowledge has led to a large increase in opioid prescription. Opioids …

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African Americans may be at greater risk of OSA

Research collected by the National Institute of Health through their Jackson (Mississippi) Heart Study represents the sleep data of 825 African Americans with an average age of 63, and two-thirds of which were female. The data shows an increased incidence of sleep disorder related health problems such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease in the African American participants. Further, three out of four participants were also found to have obstructive sleep apnea, based on an AHI level above 5. Yet only 2.1% of these participants had received a sleep apnea diagnosis from a physician, prior to this study. Researchers …

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