Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers of America is celebrating Sleep Apnea Awareness Week by offering free screenings through Monday at its Fair Road location.
Currently, it is estimated that 80 percent of people with obstructive sleep apnea are walking around unaware that they have the condition. OSA is defined by pauses in breathing that can last a few seconds to minutes, and occur as few as five to greater than 30 times per hour. When left undiagnosed and untreated, OSA significantly increases the sufferer's risk of developing life-threatening illnesses such as high blood pressure, heart disease and failure, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
Symptoms of sleep apnea are the following: daytime sleepiness, fatigue, poor concentration, memory loss, morning headaches and the hallmark symptom, snoring. Sleep apnea is diagnosed following a sleep study, which can take place in a lab or at home.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers of America's local office is at 1497 Fair Road, Suite 205. Free health screenings, including blood pressure checks and STOP-BANG (Snoring, Tiredness, Observed apnea, high blood Pressure-Body mass index, Age, Neck circumference and Gender) screenings, are being offered.
To set up an appointment for a free screening, call (912) 681-7368.