Pharmacist warns of ‘silent killer’
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.
Obesity and diabetes are linked to sleep apnoea.
“What happens is your body actually stops breathing overnight — it puts an incredible amount of pressure on your heart,” Pharmacy 777’s Sam Afsar said. “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.”
Mr Afsar said anyone with concerns about energy levels, fatigue or who had diabetes could have sleep apnoea. Pharmacy 777 partners with respiratory and sleep physician Dr Sina Kahani to undertake home studies monitoring sleep patterns. This involves neurological leads from a portable device being attached to the scalp, with the person going to sleep as normal and the apparatus collating results.
Mr Afsar said the sleep study could be bulk-billed. For information, phone 9528 7755 or go to pharmacy777.com.au.