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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: M. Isabel L. Crisostomo, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is practical book for the layperson who needs information on sleep apnea.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide adequate information on sleep apnea to laypersons in order to make them well-informed consumers able to demand that they receive appropriate diagnostic testing and effective treatment.
Audience: This book is targeted primarily at patients with sleep apnea or people who suspect that they have sleep apnea. It is also useful for concerned friends and families of patients. It may also serve as an introductory book for primary care physicians or caregivers such as nurse practitioners or physician assistants.
Features: The topics are comprehensive and begin with the symptoms of sleep apnea, consequences of sleep apnea with respect to cardiovascular morbidity, sleepiness and sleepy driving, effect on daytime function, job performance and family relationships, and risk factors. Normal sleep is described in one chapter. Subsequent chapters cover the pathophysiology along with different types of sleep apnea. Difficulties in diagnosis are tackled in a chapter with illustrative cases. Other chapters describe the sleep center and treatment of sleep apnea, as well as discussions of sleep apnea and obesity, sleep apnea in infants, older children and adolescents, women, and the elderly. The last few chapters deal with finding a sleep specialist and the choice of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) systems and the durable medical equipment company which supplies the equipment, choice and fitting of the CPAP mask, and alternative therapies.
Assessment: This book provides more than adequate information on sleep apnea for consumers who have sleep apnea or suspect they do as well as friends and relatives of these patients. It can also be an introduction for primary caregivers. This is a very useful book for this audience.