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Home sleep study said moderate sleep apnea w/severe oxygen saturation <70 & in-clinic study said no sleep apnea & perfect oxygen levels. Which right?

Home sleep study said moderate sleep apnea w/severe oxygen saturation <70 &  in-clinic study said no sleep apnea & perfect oxygen levels. Which right?

My reaction: Advise you to sit down with your doctor and go over both studies in full detail, as one of these is clearly WRONG. Although I would favor a clinic outcome due to presence of skilled personnel, I cannot clarify the outcomes from this perspective. Good luck with this. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Is weight loss effective at treating sleep apnea?

Is weight loss effective at treating sleep apnea?

Yes: Weight loss is a corner stone of the treatment in sleep apnea. Returning the body mass index to a normal range can lead to an improvement, if not even the cure of sleep apnea. ...Read more

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What is organic sleep apnea?

What is organic sleep apnea?

Just another term: For sleep apnea. There are several types: obstructive, where the air is blocked from getting to your lungs by collapse of your upper airways during sleep, and central sleep apnea where your brain does not send the signals to your lungs to breathe, and the third type which is a mixture of the two. I cannot think of a sleep apnea that would not be organic, because there is no psychogenic sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Help please! is apnea the same disorder as sleep apnea?

Help please! is apnea the same disorder as sleep apnea?

Apnea: Apnea is defined as a stopping of breathing- it can be caused by many different factors. Holding one's breath is a form of apnea. Medications can cause it as well. Sleep apnea is cessation of breathing while asleep and can be caused by airway obstructions ( tonsils, adenoids, deviated septum, enlarged uvula, sleeping on ones back allowing the jaw and tongue to drop back and block the airway.). ...Read more

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Is the mediterranean diet or paleo diet better for losing weight?

Is the mediterranean diet or paleo diet better for losing weight?

Paleo Diet: Paleo diet is especially helpful for autoimmune disease and gastrointestinal disorders. Here's a quick start guide... http://doccarnahan.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-quick-start-guide-paleo-diet.html. ...Read more

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I know that diet & exercise for slow healthy weight loss is best, but is there a fast healthy diet for the holidays? I'm looking at "the digest diet" book or atkins.

I know that diet & exercise for slow healthy weight loss is best, but is there a fast healthy diet for the holidays? I'm looking at "the digest diet" book or atkins.

Diet wrong term!: You mean life-style change. For people with an apple build, nothing beats a low-carb/ low-glycemic index diet. For pears, low calorie, gih fiber diets are thec best. For quick weight loss, low calorie will produce short term results, but with hypocaloric weight loss, you lose one pound of muscle per three pounds of fat. It becomes harder to get back the muscle and keep of the fat. ...Read more

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I have chronic migraine/fibromyalgia. Sleep study ordered, AHI is 26.1.One sleep specialist this is sleep apnea and I need CPAP, other says its fine?

I have chronic migraine/fibromyalgia. Sleep study ordered, AHI is 26.1.One sleep specialist this is sleep apnea and I need CPAP, other says its fine?

Go to primary doc: the specifics about the sleep study are important. abnormal sleep patterns must be correctly interpreted, as the treatment is usually long term. migraine prevention is not complicated ie beta blockers, midrin, fibromyaogia is treatable , and sleep should be fixed first. ...Read more

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Can idiopathic hypersomnia diagnosis by sleep study respond to anything besides stimulants & sleep hygiene? Anything off label? Foods? Research being done?

Can idiopathic hypersomnia diagnosis by sleep study respond to anything besides stimulants & sleep hygiene?  Anything off label? Foods? Research being done?

Hyersomnia: In case of hypersomnia, the overnight sleep study is not enough alone, another study called mean sleep latency testing is needed to evaluate the severity of hypersomnia and to rule out narcolepsy. If you were told that you have idiopathic hypersomnia, i presumed that you had already mslt and narcolepsy was ruled out, anyhow stimulants, sleep hygiene modulation and regular exercise are the best. ...Read more

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What is sleep diagnostics and cpap titration to stop snoring?

What is sleep diagnostics and cpap titration to stop snoring?

For Sleep Apnea: A diagnostic sleep study is data that is painlessly collected by sensors while you are sleeping. This is typically done at a sleep center, and evaluated by an md who is a sleep specialist. Sometimes this data indicates that you stop breathing at night. This is called sleep apnea and the treatment is a CPAP device that helps you breath. Titration, is just the adjustment of this device for you. ...Read more

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Consistent oxygen saturation of 89-90 while sleeping. Is this considered obstructive sleep apnea?

Consistent oxygen saturation of 89-90 while sleeping. Is this considered obstructive sleep apnea?

Right on the brink: Typically, O2 sats while asleep in a healthy individual should be >90. If yours are typically hitting 90 or below then, I'd say you are right in the crack between barely normal and barely abnormal. I'd think for a 19 year old nonsmoker you could do a bit better than that so it all depends on what else is going on. That number by itself doesn't diagnose OSA but "yes" you could have it. ...Read more

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Docs, what's a program of sensible eating and exercise habits that keep weight at a healthy level?

Docs, what's a program of sensible eating and exercise habits that keep weight at a healthy level?

In reality: Focus on a diet rich in colorful veggies and fruits. If you are interested in a "commercial" diet, people fairly well on Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers. Exercise wise, remember, squeeze it in whenever you can and whatever gets your heart rate up ... try to get in at least 150 mins/week. ...Read more

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Is sleep apnea related to COPD and/or asthma? What are some effective treatments for someone with sleep apnea and COPD - cpap, bipap, pillows?

Is sleep apnea related to COPD and/or asthma? What are some effective treatments for someone with sleep apnea and COPD - cpap, bipap, pillows?

Here we go?: No, not related. Treatment is with a c-pap machine are others as you listed. Care is directed by someone trained in sleep disorders. You can have COPD and other lung diseases but not related to sleep apnea. Together, they are difficult. ...Read more

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I'm a female 19 5'5 and weigh 110lbs. To maintain weight with no/little excercise what diet works. Moderate diet, zone diet, low fat/carb diet ? Help!

I'm a female 19 5'5 and weigh 110lbs. To maintain weight with no/little excercise what diet works. Moderate diet, zone diet, low fat/carb diet ? Help!

Diet: Diet is a key in weight control but when you are so close to ideal body weight you need some exercise to maintain metabolic rate and muscle mass. Otherwise your body will simply slow metabolic rate and you will not feel or perform well and may not lose weight. More lean muscle burns more calories and makes it easier to keep weight off. If you don't build muscle you may add fat when gaining. ...Read more

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Always tired. Fitbit tracker says low sleep efficiency. Videotape confirmed constant tossing during sleep. Should I do a sleep study? Recommended tx?

Always tired. Fitbit tracker says low sleep efficiency. Videotape confirmed constant tossing during sleep. Should I do a sleep study? Recommended tx?

Consult sleep clinic: Good sleep helps you feel healthy and vital. Sleep apnea (frequent awakenings due to low oxygen levels during sleep) can increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart rhythm problems, and even obesity! so consult a sleep doctor. If necessary, they will recommend a polysomnographic exam where they monitor your vital signs, movements, oxygen levels, and video your sleep in an overnight sleep lab. ...Read more

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Can a person who has moderate ahi , sleep architecture passing through all sleep cycles and moderate oxygen desaturation have strong headaches a fat?

Definitely: Moderate apnea–hypopnea index (ahi) is 15-30/hour. That's mean you a weakening up 15-30 times per hour. Here is the pain and sleep connection. See you sleep specialist for CPAP or oral appliance. ...Read more

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Is skipping a night of sleep bad for your health? Trying to avoid jet lag.

Is skipping a night of sleep bad for your health? Trying to avoid jet lag.

A little bit: Especially your brain, but also your endocrine system, neurological system, cardio-vascular system, GI system, etc. All need restoration thoough sleep. Of course one missed night of sleep will not result in serious ramifications for your health, but in the big picture, proper sleep on a regular basis is one of the most essential components of all for good health and long life. ...Read more

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Cure of sleep apnea?

Cure of sleep apnea?

No cure: There is high failure rate of surgical procedures for sleep apnea. Best treatment is the CPAP mask adjusted to the right pressure. There are some that automatically adjust themselves for the best pressure. Need to get the most comfortable mask & less noisy machine .Complications of surgery include airway obstruction, bleeding, hematoma, infection, pain, death, dysphagia, velopharyngeal etc... ...Read more

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I have sleep apnea, have a machine i don't use because of panic attacks. I suffer dry sinus/low mucus, use flonase, but want more mucus. What diet pls?

I have sleep apnea, have a machine i don't use because of panic attacks. I suffer dry sinus/low mucus, use flonase, but want more mucus. What diet pls?

Discuss with sleep M: Your sleep apnea mask will do more than just help you get a good night's sleep. By reaching a more healthy number of the stages of sleep you body will start to produce a better balance of factors that will promote cardiovascular fitness. Meet with your sleep md to discuss the reasons that the mask is not a good fit right now, there are many options. ...Read more

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Define mild sleep apnea?

Gasping for air: Sleep apnea is defined as complete (apnea) or partial obstruction (hypopnia) of the airway during sleep. Typical signs and symptoms are snoring, wake up gasping for air, and excessive daytime sleepiness. Diagnosis is made by a sleep study (polysomnogram) and the main parameter of diagnosis is ahi (apnea-hypopnea index). Mild sleep apnea ranges from 5-10 ahi. ...Read more

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Who can have sleep apnea?

Who can have sleep apnea?

Anyone: Anyway can have sleep apnea. Young/old, male/female, obese/underweight, healthy/multiple medical problems. There are a lot of risk factors you wouldn't think about including smoking, reflux and congenital deformities even when repaired (cleft palate). ...Read more

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What is obstructive sleep apnea?

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

OSA: Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when breathing stops (apnea) during sleep usually as a result of a temporary obstruction such as a narrowing and closing in the oropharynx. When the brain detects that breathing has stopped, an alarm goes up that wakes the person so that he starts breathing again. Often the person does not know why he has woken. An observer may note snoring or gasping in the night. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose sleep apnea?

Sleep Study: The only way to diagnose sleep apnea is through a overnight test called a polysomnogram. ...Read more

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How do you control sleep apnea?

How do you control sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea.: The only way to tell if you truly have sleep apnea is by doing a sleep study. If you have suspected sleep apnea, it is a good idea to try to lose weight if you are heavy to see if that solves the problem. If it does not, then a sleep study may be necessary. If that confirms sleep apnea, wearing a mask with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) while sleeping usually helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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How di u know u hsve sleep apnea?

How di u know u hsve sleep apnea?

Tape yourself : The easiest way to determine whether you have sleep apnea is to take a tape recorder and tape your sleep at night. The next day rewind and listen to see if you snore and have your irregular respirations. If there is a pause and you hear some gasping that is sleep apnea. At that point you should have sleep study which will confirm the diagnosis. Good luck and well wishes. ...Read more

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Can 7 year olds have sleep apnea?

Can 7 year olds have sleep apnea?

Yes: Sleep apnea can result from anatomic obstruction in the nose (deviated septum, swollen turbinates, sinusitis, etc) or over relaxation of the smooth muscles that line the trachea (wind pipe). It's true that sleep apnea was classically though to be found only in elderly overweight men, but that's been found to not be true. Children can have osa from enlarged tonsils or adenoids. Consult a sleep doc. ...Read more

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How can you control your sleep apnea?

How can you control your sleep apnea?

PAP therapy: The gold standard treatment is with a pap (positive airway pressure) device. Oral devices made by a dentist or possible surgical options with an ENT can be considered for those who have mild disease. Weight loss is always encouraged as well as proper sleep hygiene. Avoidance of caffeine, alcohol or nicotine 5-6 hours before bed is also advised. ...Read more

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How to tell if my son has sleep apnea?

How to tell if my son has sleep apnea?

Sleep: First have an ENT eval and rule out tonsils or adenoids also get an overnight sleep study. ...Read more

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What can you do if you have sleep apnea?

What can you do if you have sleep apnea?

CPAP: First line treatment of apnea is cpap. Weight loss is important. A mouth guard may help and there are surgical options. ...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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How can I tell if someone has sleep apnea?

Symptoms and suspici: You have to be suspicous for the condition. It is not always the overweight person who snores. Think about daytime fatigue or waking up frequently at night without having a cause. There are a few online questionnaires that may be helpful. Bedparters can also be very helpful because they may hear the person stop breathing. ...Read more

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What is the cause of possible sleep apnea?

Depends: There are a lot of reasons for sleep apnea starting from birth allergies, to ill formed nasal passages, high vaulted palates, ill formed dental arches, nasal patency , enlarged tongue , high bmi to name a few and these are for obstructive apnea of corse it could be central and that is a different ball game. ...Read more

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I have "central sleep apnea." what is cure?

I have "central sleep apnea." what is cure?

See cardiologist: Central sleep apnea is most commonly a reflection of heart failure and will improve if heart condition is treated and improved. There are other predominantly neurological causes that are much harder to treat, but they are uncommon. Specialized breathing machine can mitigate central sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Sleep apnea... Is there any permanent cure?

Sleep apnea... Is there any permanent cure?

Sleep apnea: The best cure is weight loss but this does not guarantee a cure. There are many people that lose weight and their apnea gets much better. ...Read more

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How to tell what are symptoms of sleep apnea?

How to tell what are symptoms of sleep apnea?

Several: Snoring is a warning sign that sleep apnea may be present. Other complaints include awakening gasping/choking for air, dry mouth/sore throat, urinating multiple times at nights, morning headaches, unrefreshing sleep, cognitive impairment and excessive daytime somnolence. Talk to your doctor about any of these symptoms. A sleep study would have to be done to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Sleep apnea how do u get this what causes it?

Sleep apnea how do u get this what causes it?

Condition: Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where the back of the throat closes and prevents breathing. Contributing factors include the structure of the throat which is influenced by how we develop and being over weight. Central sleep apnea is a condition where the brain does not send a signal to the lungs to breath. They are treated differently. See your physician asap if you have this problem. ...Read more

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Who are the people subjected to sleep apnea ?

Who are the people subjected to sleep apnea ?

Sleep apnea: Several possibilities: some people only snore if they sleep on their back, so try avoiding that. Losing weight. See an ear nose ; throat specialist to evaluate your tonsils, adenoids and sinus wear a custom made dental device that holds your jaw forward while you sleep thereby increasing the airway. ...Read more

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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


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