Approximately 43 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Unfortunately, over 85% of those people do not know they have it.
OSA can occur in anyone, though it is more common in men, adults and obese patients. Patients with OSA are at an increased risk for other chronic diseases and accidents:
- 2x risk of stroke
- 4x risk of mortality within four years
- 5x risk of cardiovascular event
- 7x risk of a motor vehicle accident (30% of accidents involving commercial truck drivers are sleep related)
OSA frequently coexists with obesity, depression, diabetes, stroke, hypertension and erectile dysfunction, and can cause or aggravate these conditions.
If you suspect that one of your patients may have OSA, you can;
- Refer them to the OSA Risk Assessment (STOP-BANG) Questionnaire to complete themselves
- Review the more detailed Sleep Disorder Symptoms Assessment with them
- Learn more about home sleep testing as an option for your patients, your practice, or your sleep center.