Monthly Archives: September 2018

Non-Compliance to CPAP Therapy Linked to Hospital Readmission

A recent study of patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), implies that non-compliance to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is notably linked with increased 30-day readmission to a hospital facility.

The study shows that non-compliant patients are 3.5 times more probable to be readmitted to the hospital within a span of 30 days. These non-adherent patients are 2 times more likely to be readmitted to the hospital for cardiovascular conditions such as congestive heart failure, myocardial ischemia, and atrial fibrillation which are closely related to untreated obstructive sleep apnoea.

Dr. Behrouz Jafari is the lead study investigator and the director of Veteran Affairs Long Beach Healthcare System in Long Beach, California.… Read More...

Different Types of Sleep Study

Polysomnogram (PSG), commonly known as sleep study, is a dedicated method to monitor the various physiological changes in the body while one is sleeping.  This type of study helps sleep doctors investigate and diagnose sleep disturbance that occur during sleep.  These sleep disturbances may be medical conditions that cause daytime sleepiness and tiredness, disrupted sleep, memory lapses, lost of concentration and other comorbidities that are linked to lack of sleep.

PSG is a non-invasive procedure. The sensors used may cause minor skin irritations to some but the discomfort is insignificant.  Comfort and safety of patients during the testing are ensured as trained and qualified staff are on duty during the diagnostic test.… Read More...

Untreated Sleep Apnoea Linked to Damaged Brain Cells of Children

Children diagnosed with sleep apnoea but are not undergoing CPAP therapy may exhibit delayed brain development.

A study led by Dr. Leila Kheorandish-Gozal of the University of Chicago indicated that children suffering from moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnoea could have damaged to brain cells. The test subjects showed a significant reduction of gray matter brain cells involved in memory, movement, speech, emotions, self-control, decision-making, and perception, when compared with children of the same age who do not have sleep apnoea.

Statistics indicate that up to 5% of children are affected by sleep apnoea. This study finally linked sleep apnoea and delayed neuronal growth in a child’s developing brain. … Read More...