National Emergency Medicine Assoc. (NEMA)

 



  

"THE HEART OF THE MATTER"
a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA) 

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Week: 609.1

Guest: Prof. Edward Bixler, Penn State Hershey Medical School

Topic: Sleep apnea

Host/Producer: Steve Girard

NEMA: The danger of sleep apnea...coming up...

SPOT: 15 years in the prevention of heart disease, stroke and trauma - the National Emergency Medicine Association. Call 800-332-6362.

NEMA: Professor Edward Bixler of the Penn State Hershey Medical School says more of us should be aware of the dangers of sleep apnea, where we stop breathing while we sleep. The serious type of apnea is called obstructive...

BIXLER: Where you continue to try to breathe...and the soft palate or the back of the throat collapses when you try to take a breath in. And the only way that you can get a breath in is to wake up. So, not only does it stop you from breathing, but it also wakes you up...so it’s causing very severe stress on your cardiovascular system, as well as very seriously disturbing your sleep.

NEMA: Professor Bixler says the level of oxygen in the bloodstream decreases because of sleep apnea...and is a contributor to hypertension and heart disease. It’s symptoms include snoring, daytime sleepiness, and the biggest underlying factor is obesity. Professor Bixler’s new study shows that it’s more serious in men under 45, not in the elderly. I’m Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.