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    San Antonio, Texas 78229
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    Archive for July, 2011

    Are Sleep Apneics At A Higher Risk For Stroke?

    Saturday, July 30th, 2011

    Sleep apnea can cause all sorts of symptoms including morning headaches, restlessness, a lack of energy and concentration and even snoring. Studies have shown that because of the nature of sleep apnea, the disorder may have a negative impact on the cardiovascular system and contribute to heart attack and stroke.

    Sleep apnea causes sufferers to stop breathing hundreds of times throughout the night. Each halt in breathing can last up to 30 seconds, if not longer. When breathing is stopped, the natural flow of oxygen throughout the body also pauses, which means that internally the body is starved of oxygen. A lack of oxygen causes the body to alert the brain to elevate stress hormone levels. When these hormone levels are increased, the heart has to work much harder which, over time, can weaken the heart which then makes one prone to stroke. In fact, men with untreated sleep apnea are at a three times higher risk of suffering from a stroke in their lifetime.

    With this in mind, the doctors who conducted the studies hope to prove that through the use of effective sleep apnea treatment, the chance of having an unhealthy cardiovascular system can be decreased. When sleep apnea is treated properly patients will no longer experience pauses in breathing which means that the body should always have ample oxygen amounts.

    Do you snore or wake up feeling tired? Has your spouse complained of inconsistent breathing when you sleep? Do you feel restless at night and find that your sleep is never consistent? If so, you may have sleep apnea. Snoring is a common condition linked to sleep apnea, and while not everyone who snores suffers from sleep apnea, it is a big warning sign. The only way to determine whether or not you have sleep apnea is to undergo some sort of sleep study.

    If you are found to have sleep apnea, don’t worry! The next step to improving your quality of life is finding the right sleep apnea treatment. Dr. Lowrance can help if you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea. He is experienced in providing sleep apnea treatment alternatives to CPAP. Contact us today for a sleep apnea consultation.

    A Larger Waist Size Does Not Always Mean A Larger Chance of Sleep Apnea

    Monday, July 25th, 2011

    If you’re overweight, you’re generally more prone to suffering from certain health conditions, right? Various past studies have proven that those who are overweight are more likely to suffer from stroke, hypertension, heart disease, and even diabetes. While these studies may hold some validity, a recent study has shown contrary evidence; that there is no concrete link between being overweight and having a higher chance of suffering from heart disease. The study shows that, when looking at a patient’s cardiovascular risk, weight is not the most meaningful factor to consider.

    While this study has definitely provided results that go against the grain, health professionals and patients should remember that maintaining a healthy body weight is important for your overall health. Even though the study has proven that weight may not be the most important factor to look at, it doesn’t mean that one’s weight does not play a role in overall cardiovascular health. Of course, other factors do play a role as well.

    Patients should also know that being overweight does not indicate with absolute certainty that one will suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). While those who are overweight may be more likely to suffer from OSA due to excess fat storage in the neck and throat area, not everyone who is overweight will suffer from OSA, and not every sleep apnea sufferer is overweight or unhealthy. In fact, even some of today’s top athletes can suffer from the sleep disorder. Shaquille O’Neal was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea after undergoing a sleep study. Yes, even those who run up and down the court for hours at a time can have a sleep disorder! No matter if you’re extremely healthy or if your health is lacking, anyone can suffer from sleep apnea.

    The symptoms of sleep apnea are common and include constant snoring, restlessness, and the feeling of drowsiness that seems to last all day. If you suffer from any of these conditions on a routine basis, you may have sleep apnea, despite being in perfect health. For diagnosis, you’ll need a sleep study, either at a sleep lab or with a take-home ambulatory polysomnography unit. Once you are diagnosed by a physician, you can then move on to seeking proper sleep apnea treatment. Dr. Lowrance is well-versed in treating a variety of patients who have sleep apnea. From those who are overweight to patients who are in optimal health, Dr. Lowrance is able to find the right sleep apnea treatment method for his patients. Contact us today to schedule an appointment time.

    Noisy Sleepers May Earn Less

    Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

    Snoring man with Zs turning into fading dollar signsSome things in life just have a cause and effect relationship naturally, but would you ever think that snoring could play a role in how much money you make? Believe it or not, a study has shown that snorers earn less money than those who sleep quietly. Snoring not only impacts those around you, but the nightly noise may also have consequences when it comes time to looking at your salary. Snoring can leave one tired, restless, and cause a complete lack of concentration, and these things can have a big impact your financial earnings as well as how much money you get to keep in the bank.

    Studies have shown that snorers usually earn less money than those who do not. In fact, one study concluded that snorers not only earn less but spend more. An average of $1,000 is spent on a yearly basis in hopes of finding a snoring treatment that works. Snorers who are found to have sleep apnea spend five times that amount; those with obesity hypoventilation spend thirteen times the original amount. Of course, spending more means less money is being saved. People with sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, are even said to make up a higher percentage of those who are unemployed.

    While the study may seem unbelievable; think about it. If you have ever experienced a night where you simply did not sleep well, how did you feel the next day? More than likely you were tired, drowsy, unmotivated, lacking energy, and maybe even a bit moody. Sleep deprivation carries out into the next day and with such side effects, it’s easy to say that someone who does not sleep well on a daily basis is more than likely less motivated and concentrated while at work. Poor work performance usually means the absence of any type of promotional or monetary awards.

    If you’re one of the many Americans who snores constantly and also suffers from other symptoms of sleep apnea, you may want to consult a sleep physician to undergo a sleep study. While your finances may not be exactly suffering, sleep apnea is a deadly condition that should be treated immediately. Contact Dr. Lowrance for help with treating sleep apnea; your bank account just might thank you!

    Treatment Now Encouraged for Air Traffic Controllers with Sleep Apnea

    Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

    Would you ever think that a sleeping disorder such as sleep apnea could determine whether or not you have a job? Though it seems far-fetched and highly unlikely, according to a recently released press release by the FAA, air traffic controllers who are diagnosed with sleep apnea lose their medical qualification and therefore cannot work in their designated position. While fatigue plagues workers of all types, air traffic controllers who operate while tired put thousands of lives at risk each day. Concentration and awareness are two well-needed skills when working as an air traffic controller but those who suffer from untreated sleep apnea often do not have much concentration and energy due to fatigue and drowsiness because of a lack of sleep.

    The press release stated that air traffic controllers who are diagnosed with sleep apnea immediately lose their medical qualification under the current regulations, the release also revealed that the FAA is looking to fight against fatigued workers, especially those with sleep apnea. The agency, instead of summarily dismissing air traffic controllers with sleep apnea, is looking to help them by encouraging them to seek proper treatment. When treatment is sought and works effectively, the agency will work to give employees their medical qualification back so that they can resume work. The FAA also plans to push for greater awareness of the dangers of sleep apnea.

    While your job may not require sleep apnea treatment for employment, all employees should be aware that working while fatigued can make one’s job dangerous. Anyone and everyone with sleep apnea should seek sleep apnea treatment. With the right treatment patients will no longer suffer from fatigue, daytime headaches, a lack of energy, and other symptoms of the condition. Contact Dr. Lowrance’s office to get the sleep apnea treatment you require.