If you are one of 22 million Americans who suffer from sleep apnea, you understand how debilitating, frustrating and life-altering the condition can be. Symptoms can include fatigue, sleepiness, lack of focus and poor memory. If you have a spouse affected by sleep apnea you likely understand, too. Your partner may snore loudly, wake up dozens of times throughout the night and feel irritable during the day. But the symptoms go far beyond tiredness: lack of sleep can also lead to serious health issues. Without effective treatment, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, heart failure, atrial fibrillation and stroke. Despite the proliferation of sleep apnea diagnoses, there have been very few treatment options until now. Two devices recently approved FDA bring hope to sleep apnea sufferers, and Metro Health – University of Michigan Health is leading the charge to implement the Inspire and remedē® systems. Pulmonologist and Medical Director of Sleep Medicine for Metro Health Timothy Daum, MD, is enthusiastic about the potential for his patients. “These are very exciting therapies, and Metro Health is one of only a handful of health organizations across the country that offer these options.” Daum is part of an interdisciplinary team, working… Read full this story
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