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Breathe Easy, Sleep Better

This March, we will recognize pulmonary rehabilitation week at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton through education and awareness of pulmonary conditions.

Breathing disturbances can have a significant impact on how people feel and function. According to the National
Sleep Foundation, respiratory conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can affect patients’ overall health.

OSA, a condition that causes patients to stop breathing frequently during sleep, can lead to fragmented sleep, daytime sleepiness and poor performance during the day.

“One consequence of OSA is a drop in oxygen levels during the night, which can lead to increased risks for heart attack, stroke and hypertension,” says Jay Ravindran, M.D., neurologist and medical director of the Center for Sleep Disorders at Texas Health Denton. “It’s important for patients to undergo testing overnight to detect abnormal sleep patterns and receive necessary treatment.”

According to Dr. Ravindran, having COPD — a breathing condition often caused by smoking — may increase a
person’s risk for OSA. COPD can be diagnosed in various forms, including emphysema, chronic asthma and bronchitis. Symptoms may include shortness of breath, chest tightness and a persistent cough.

“Certified technicians at the fully accredited Center for Sleep Disorders can provide high-quality care to patients with OSA resulting from complications with COPD,” says Dr. Ravindran. “Proper treatment can help patients get
the rest they need to live overall healthier lives.”

Texas Health Resources launched a system-wide OSA patient education program in July 2009.

“The purpose of the program is to identify and screen adult patients at risk and anticipate and mitigate complications,“ says Paula Sims, R.N., B.S.N., M.H.A., PI specialist and Lean leader for Texas Health Resources. “Patients who will be receiving general anesthesia as well as conscious sedation learn the risks for post-operative complications.”

For information or to schedule an appointment at the Center for Sleep Disorders at Texas Health Denton, call 940-898-7010.

(Spring 2010)

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