Warning of risks raised for untreated sleep apnoea
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.