SCM hosts January Nurse’s Roundtable on Sleep Apnea. 80% of individuals remain undiagnosed

On January 25, the Specialty Care Management Nursing team along with guest speaker Dr. Randall Smith, D.M.D,  convened to address the pressing health concern of Sleep Apnea.

Dr. Smith shared his personal journey, from witnessing his father’s health struggles to his own diagnosis of sleep apnea. He illuminated the gravity of this condition, underscoring the serious health risks associated with its untreated presence, including hypertension, kidney disease, and congestive heart failure.

The discussion underscored the pivotal role of quality sleep, emphasizing that it is not merely a luxury but a fundamental component of bodily repair. Alarmingly, 80% of individuals with sleep apnea remain undiagnosed and untreated.

Key takeaways:
:loudspeaker: “Untreated sleep apnea can reduce your lifespan by 7-10 years.”
:loudspeaker: “Moderate-to-severe untreated sleep apnea can result in medical bills exceeding $200,000.”
:loudspeaker: “Untreated sleep apnea poses a greater health risk than daily smoking.”
:loudspeaker: Approximately 30 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with 80% unaware of their condition.
:loudspeaker: Recognizable risk factors encompass snoring, nocturnal urination, morning headaches, gasping for air upon waking, daytime fatigue, among others.
:loudspeaker: Individuals with a BMI over 30 face a 70% risk of sleep apnea.
:loudspeaker: Consequences of untreated sleep apnea encompass hypertension, cardiomegaly (heart enlargement), congestive heart failure, cognitive decline, and more.

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