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Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Sleep apnea has two causes. It may be 'central' or 'obstructive'. Central apnea occurs as a disorder in the way the brain controls breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea is much more common and involves an anatomical blockage of the airway. Usually, the tongue blocks the airway, preventing the passage of air between the a sleep study is needed to diagnose particular ...Read more


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Which is the best nursing diagnosis for neonatal sepsis?

Which is the best nursing diagnosis for neonatal sepsis?

Do your homework: The site is not a shortcut for you to get your nursing homework answered for you. Apply yourself ; acquire the answers from the texts ; sources in your curriculum. To be successful as a nurse you need to do the work ; gain the skills or you will be neither happy or successful. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some nursing diagnoses for cholangitis?

I was wondering what are some nursing diagnoses for cholangitis?

Not sure of question: There are several causes of cholangitis, bacterial and autoimmune. Bacterial cholangitis has several causes, ascending infection caused by blockage from stones (choledocholithiasis), malignancy or iatrogenic. This is because bacteria grow in the stagnant bile upstream of the blockage and cause biliary sepsis. Autoimmune cholangitis also includes primary sclerosing cholangitis. ...Read more

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What are some nursing diagnoses for cerebrovascular disease?

What are some nursing diagnoses for cerebrovascular disease?

Same as for MDs: Nurses use the same "playbook" as doctors. It would not make sense for nurses to refer to the same conditions by different names as do physicians. In fact, one of the major outcomes of the flexner commission in modernizing and unifying medical education. ...Read more

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What are nursing diagnoses for bradycardia?

What are nursing diagnoses for bradycardia?

Counts pulse: The nurse would feel your pulse usually at the wrist to determine the number of heart beats per minute. If it is less than 60, that is defined as bradycardia. An EKG would determine the exact rhythm responsible for the slow pulse. ...Read more

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Which nursing diagnoses are most appropriate for a person with wheezes, dyspnea, and tachypnea?

Which nursing diagnoses are most appropriate for a person with wheezes, dyspnea, and tachypnea?

Study materials: This site is designed to answer questions about medical questions from the public. Your instructors will expect you to study your references and acquire the jargon they use in your nursing studies. It is important that you do so as they will know if you don't. ...Read more

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How is a sleep apnea diagnosis confirmed?

How is a sleep apnea diagnosis confirmed?

Sleep study: A sleep study is the test used to diagnose sleep apnea. The test is done in 2 parts. The first part consists of monitoring you while you sleep. The second part involves putting you on a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine to see if it improves your sleep and breathing. If it works, the settings are then "titrated" to see what levels work best for you. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative sleep apnea diagnosis method besides an overnight sleep study?

Is there an alternative sleep apnea diagnosis method besides an overnight sleep study?

Yes: The gold standard is a overnight sleep study in a lab. There are now approved home study devices that are approved for use. They do not collect as much information as a formal study in the lab, but can be used as a screening method and for those patients that can not spend the night in the lab for various reasons. ...Read more

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Can there be an alternative sleep apnea diagnosis method other than an overnight sleep study?

Can there be an alternative sleep apnea diagnosis method other than an overnight sleep study?

Sleep study: There are various portable units that can measure oxygen levels, sleep position, snoring etc, however, they are not valid for a medical diagnosis and are not accepted by insurance companies as validation of the need for treatment. ...Read more

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What is my next step to treating sever sleep apnea? I was made to sleep on my back only during my first night at the sleep center. It resulted in a diagnosis of severe sleep apnea but there was not time to test a cpap. Do I need to spend another night a

What is my next step to treating sever sleep apnea? I was made to sleep on my back only during my first night at the sleep center. It resulted in a diagnosis of severe sleep apnea but there was not time to test a cpap. Do I need to spend another night a

These: These are questions best posed to your sleep specialist. You should have had a post-sleep study meeting with your specialist where you would have been told the meaning of your results and been given a set of options. That is where you should have discussed your issue with sleeping own your back. It very well be that you have sleep apnea no matter in what position you sleep. Without seeing your sleep study results and having the benefit of a complete history and physical exam it is impossible to make a recommendation. ...Read more

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For what reason might it be that neurologists handle obstructive sleep apnea after diagnosis?

Neurology/OSA: It can be handled by doctors of many disciplines and dentists who specialize in sleep medicine. Neurologic disorders/abnormalities can contribute to sleep apnea. It's a very multidisciplinary field. ...Read more

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Possible obstructive sleep apnea --who do I see to get a diagnosis?

Possible obstructive sleep apnea --who do I see to get a diagnosis?

Sleep specialist: The standard for diagnosing sleep apnea is either a sleep test done at a sleep clinic or an overnight sleep test done at home. Information from this evidence based testing is interpreted by a board certified sleep specialist who renders a specific diagnosis from the sleep test. Dentists who provide oral appliances in treating mild and moderate sleep apnea can help arrange for sleep testing. ...Read more

Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

This is the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more. Most apnea is obstructive being caused by collapse or obstruction of the airway leading to lack of air flow. However, it can be a central process, where the respiratory center of the brain fails to signal the respiratory respiratory system to initiate a breath. Lastly, some apnea is mixed central ...Read more


Dr. Carlo Hatem
1,207 Doctors shared insights

Sleep Apnea (Definition)

A condition in which you stop breathing during sleep. There are 2 main types. Obstructive the most common. Central the less common. When people speak about sleep apnea they usually refer to obstructive where you cannot breathe due to ...Read more