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Dr. Franklyn Gergits Dr. Gergits
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
25 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What to do if my hubby just got sleep study results for apnea, what does it mean?

What to do if my hubby just got sleep study results for apnea, what does it mean?

Sleep apnea: Hello. Once the diagnosis of sleep apnea is rendered, see your sleep specialist who will develop a treatment plan. CPAP, positioning, weight loss, dental devices or surgery are options. No treatment may be deadly. Personally, my father lived without treatment despite our family pleas and he passed prematurely from a massive heart attack at 69. Get treated.

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Sleep Study (Definition)

An overnight recording of a persons sleep including sleep stages, time awake vs. Asleep, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, breathing effort, snoring, arousals and leg movements. Conducted in a sleep center is considered an attended study and at home it is considered an unattended study. At home studies do not record as much information as an attended study ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Bassman Dr. Bassman
Dentistry
41 years in practice
University of London, United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St. Thomas's Hospitals
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My husband did an at home sleep study. We got the stardust results but have no idea what they mean. Can anyone help interpret?

My husband did an at home sleep study. We got the stardust results but have no idea what they mean. Can anyone help interpret?

Need a consult: Whomever you received the stardust home monitor from needs to have a follow-up appointment with you to go over the results. Do not rely upon internet explanations.

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Dr. Georgia Latham Dr. Latham
Family Medicine
31 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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How long does it take to have the results of sleep study??

How long does it take to have the results of sleep study??

Depends: Upon the process at the place doing the sleep study. Although the results can probably be determined by the following day, these results should be interpreted by the ordering physician. You should ask the doctor who ordered the test when to expect results, or schedule an appointment with the doctor to discuss the results.

Dr. Reid Winick Dr. Winick
Dentistry
29 years in practice
University of Health Sciences Lahore, Lahore Medical and Dental College
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Dr. John Van der Werff Dr. Van der Werff
Dentistry
35 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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I didn't get much sleep last night or before and I have a sleep study test tonight. Will it effect results?

I didn't get much sleep last night or before and I have a sleep study test tonight. Will it effect results?

Maybe: Let the technician know what happened... Or consider giving them a call in case they would like to reschedule you...

Dr. Marino Tavarez Dr. Tavarez
Family Medicine
years in practice
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What does a myoclonic index of 40.5 mean on my sleep study report?

What does a myoclonic index of 40.5 mean on my sleep study report?

Myoclonus: Are - muscle contractions in the form of "jerks" or twitches, Index 0f 40.5 means approx 41 jerks per hour which seems high and may be related to a pain disorder as the main cause of your underlying sleep disorder.

Dr. Edwin Ishoo Dr. Ishoo
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
24 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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What does a sleep study apnea score of 46 mean? What are my next steps?

What does a sleep study apnea score of 46 mean? What are my next steps?

Sleep apnea: An Apnea Hypopnea Index of 46 suggests moderate sleep apnea. Your sleep specialist will need to determine why this is happening before a treatment can be recommended. It is safe to assume that you will be started on a trial of CPAP or BiPAP before any alternate treatments such as head and neck surgery are explored. If obesity is a contributing factor, effective management must include weight loss.

Dr. Louis Gallia Dr. Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
41 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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What does "slerp architecture indicated absence of deep sleep" mean on sleep study?

What does "slerp architecture indicated absence of deep sleep" mean on sleep study?

Stages 3 & 4: Stages 3 and 4 are referred to as deep sleep or delta sleep. Discuss correlating this with your problem with sleep MD.

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa Dr. Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
18 years in practice
Rush Medical College
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31 yr old female. I am tired a lot. Have had a sleep study twice and both were normal. And always hot. What does this mean?

31 yr old female. I am tired a lot. Have had a sleep study twice and both were normal. And always hot. What does this mean?

Would do MSLT: If you are still tired even though two sleep studies are normal, you may need a nap study called an MSLT to make sure you don't have narcolepsy. ThIs is a condition of excessive sleepiness. It is very treatable. Remember not to drive while sleepy! Good luck.

Dr. James Goodpaster Dr. Goodpaster
Dentistry
25 years in practice
University of Kentucky College of Dentistry
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Help quick please! I'm 18 and didn't get good sleep last night but I have a sleep study tonight, will it be okay or will it affect my results?

Help quick please! I'm 18 and didn't get good sleep last night but I have a sleep study tonight, will it be okay or will it affect my results?

Relax: I am assuming that since a sleep study was ordered there is some history of sleeping problems so last night's poor sleep shouldn't afffect the outcome of the results. You may sleep better or worse during the study but regardless the experts will be able to tell what is what and the information will be useful in getting you to consistantly healthier sleep.

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Dr. Marc Hirsch Dr. Hirsch
Family Medicine
48 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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I had a sleep study done and my AHI was74.7 is this considered bad and can I have surgery based on these results? Also what kind of surgery is it?

I had a sleep study done and my AHI was74.7 is this considered bad and can I have surgery based on these results? Also what kind of surgery is it?

Sleep Apnea: Not sure what the number should be, but surgery results are disappointing in my experience. It is worth any amount of trouble and persistence to get comfortable with CPAP (Continuous positive airway pressure) for relief of this condition. It changes people's whole lives for the better if they are willing to go through the adjustment.

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Dr. Liesa Harte Dr. Harte
Family Medicine
25 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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I have 0 stage 2 sleep how can it b effecting me? Can I fix it myself? Had sleep study done in 2010 and 2006 showed same results. How can I get better

I have 0 stage 2 sleep how can it b effecting me? Can I fix it myself? Had sleep study done in 2010 and 2006 showed same results. How can I get better

Sleep study: I'm wondering what the sleep doctor told you after each of your two prior sleep studies. Have your symptoms changed in the years since your last sleep study? If you have sympyoms, I recommend you see a doctor again to help you sort this all out. I wish you the best!

Dr. Randy Sussmane Stubbs Dr. Sussmane Stubbs
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
31 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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What do high co2 levels during a sleep study mean?

What do high co2 levels during a sleep study mean?

Sleep study: With just a high co2 level, it is hard to tell what is really happening. We need to know how old the patient is, what comorbidities the patient has. When the co2 was high - the entire study or during certain times only. If you can add more information we may be able to better answer your question.

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Dr. Gary Lederman Dr. Lederman
Dentistry
36 years in practice
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
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If you are not awakened during a sleep study does that mean you probably do not have sleep apnea?

If you are not awakened during a sleep study does that mean you probably do not have sleep apnea?

No: An important feature of sleep apnea are arousals, especially associated with a decrease in the blood oxygen content. The arousals lighten your sleep but not enough for you to become aware of waking up. The technicians may awaken you if the apnea or decreased oxygen is very severe.

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Dr. Ramesh Donepudi Dr. Donepudi
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
19 years in practice
Andhra University, Rangaraya Medical College AKA University of Health Sciences Vijayawada
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I'm a 24/f, I have been diagnosed with narcolepsy without cataplexy. My sleep study/mslt result were very rare. What do you know about this condition?

I'm a 24/f, I have been diagnosed with narcolepsy without cataplexy. My sleep study/mslt result were very rare. What do you know about this condition?

Need more info: Narcolepsy is a condition where wake and sleep states get mixed up. This leads to disrupted nocturnal sleep and intrusion of sleep during daytime leading to excessive daytime sleepiness. Cataplexy is phenomenon where certain muscles of the body become very weak. This is a state seen in rem sleep and ca intrude into wake state. Not all narcoleptics have cataplexy.

Dr. Ravi Chand Dr. Chand
Psychiatry
22 years in practice
Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Seth G. S. Medical College
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Dr. Rama Garimella Dr. Garimella
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
29 years in practice
Andhra University, Andhra Medical College
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What does it mean when I have an irregular EKG reading during a sleep study?

What does it mean when I have an irregular EKG reading during a sleep study?

Arrhthmia: It could be atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter and pvcs. Treatment depends on what the monitored showed. Lot of times if your sleep apnea gets treated and if it improves, your arrhytmia will get better also.

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa Dr. Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
18 years in practice
Rush Medical College
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I just did a home sleep study for sleep apnea. I have a follow-up to get results soon. What should I be sure to find out?

I just did a home sleep study for sleep apnea. I have a follow-up to get results soon. What should I be sure to find out?

As much as you can: Find out how many times you stopped breathing, if possible. How low did the oxygen go? How loud did you snore? Did you sleep well enough?

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Dr. Syed H. Sajid Dr. Sajid
Psychiatry
25 years in practice
University of Health Sciences Lahore, Allama Iqbal Medical College
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I woke up at 2 pm today and I have a sleep study at 7 pm at the hospital. I usually go to bed late, what do I do?! and will a sleep pill affect result

Sleep Study rules: For a sleep study or polysomnograph, patients are usually asked to report at 8pm. Sleep studies are usually overnight study. Patient should not take a nap during the daytime on the day of sleep study. Sleeping pills or sleep aids are not allowed. Patients, usually are able to leave by 6:30 to 7:00 am. Thanks.

Dr. Petros Ayele Dr. Ayele
General Practice
25 years in practice
Addis Ababa University Gondar College of Medical Sciences
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Sleep study revealed 29 apneas, 8 obstructive 21 central. What does this mean? O2 as low as 76 for 32% of time. Diangosis obstruct sleep ap, why not central?

Sleep study revealed 29 apneas, 8 obstructive 21 central. What does this mean? O2 as low as 76 for 32% of time. Diangosis obstruct sleep ap, why not central?

Agree for obstructiv: I believe you have apnea, most common apnea is obstructive type. The difference between central vs obstructive is ; obstructive apnea patient has effort to breath whole night sleep studies whereas central apnea patient don't have effort for breathing during sleep studies. From the number you gave me suggestive of obstructive but you get good explanation from neurologist or sleep medicine doctors.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more