It is a sleep disorder characterized by breathing patterns during sleep that decreases oxygen due to shallow breathing, pauses in breathing, or infrequent breathing. In the US, it is estimated that there are 22 million patients with moderate to severe symptoms and only 20% have been officially diagnosed. Undiagnosed sleep apnea has significant health implications. All of the following diseases are impacted by untreated sleep apnea: coronary artery disease, stroke, elevated blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, work related accidents, motor vehicle accidents, liver disease and diabetes.
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Home sleep studies
If your provider feels you need a home sleep study, you will be referred to Jagdeep Bijwadia, MD. He is a pulmonologist in Saint Paul, MN. He sees patients in consult on Mondays at our Maplewood Battle Creek clinic and on Tuesdays at our Vadnais Heights clinic.