Warn­ing of risks raised for un­treated sleep ap­noea

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS -

A Rock­ing­ham phar­ma­cist has warned of a largely un­di­ag­nosed “si­lent killer”, with eight out of 10 peo­ple not re­al­is­ing they have the con­di­tion.

Sleep ap­noea is a dis­or­der char­ac­terised by short­ness of breath or pauses in breath­ing while a per­son is asleep, with snor­ing a side- ef­fect of the con­di­tion.

Phar­macy 777’ s Sam Af­sar said the con­di­tion meant the body stopped breath­ing overnight, which put an in­cred­i­ble amount of pres­sure on the heart. “A pa­tient with un­treated sleep ap­noea, not only are they tired, fa­tigued and at a higher risk of work­place ac­ci­dents, they’re at a sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased risk of heart at­tacks and strokes,” he said.

Phar­macy 777 part­ners with res­pi­ra­tory and sleep physi­cian Sina Kei­hani to un­der­take home stud­ies mon­i­tor­ing sleep pat­terns.

Mr Af­sar said the sleep study could be bulk- billed. For in­for­ma­tion, phone 9528 7755 or go to phar­macy777. com. au.

Phar­macy 777’ s Sam Af­sar.

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