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Hospital Readmission Less Likely for Heart Patients Treated for Sleep Apnea

Posted by admin on Oct 15, 2014 1:00:00 AM

A study in the October issue of the Journal of Clinical sleep medicine is the first to show that 30-day hospital readmission rates and emergency department visits are reduced in heart disease patients with sleep apnea who are treated with positive airway pressure therapy. The study involved 104 consecutive patients who reported symptoms of sleep apnea while being hospitalized for a cardiac condition such as heart failure, arrhythmias or myocardial infarction.

A key warning sign for obstructive sleep apnea is snoring, cautions the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project. The AAST, CDC and other project partners urge you to pledge now to " Stop the Snore" and help spread the word about the warning signs for sleep apnea.

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