A large retrospective analysis conducted by The Mayo Clinic confirmed that people with sleep apnea are at a higher risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD). The study that the following sleep study parameters were linked with an increased risk of SCD:
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In many areas of the country and in several healthcare systems, sleep medicine is an underserved specialty meaning that there are not enough sleep labs and sleep doctors to care for the population. This problem is more acute in several urban and rural districts as well as the Veterans Health Affairs (VA) and Indian Health Services (IHS) systems. I’ve heard from many patients who’s local sleep center told them that they could not get in for a study for at least two months. This problem is typically even worse for pediatric sleep studies as the sleep center staff needs special training and expertise to conduct them; therefore, not every sleep center offers this service. It's not uncommon to have to wait three months or more to see a pediatric sleep specialist or have a pediatric sleep study.
1) What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a chronic problem with breathing in your sleep. There are two fundamental types of sleep apnea, obstructive and central...