Snoring & Sleep Apnea: Sleep Well, Feel Better / Edition 4

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Snoring is the most common sign of sleep apnea, a potentially fatal sleep disorder that affects approximately twelve million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Untreated sleep apnea is associated with heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and premature death. It is a common cause of driving accidents and job impairment, as well as academic underachievement in children and adolescents.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea is for people who have or suspect that they have sleep apnea. It is also written for their bed partners, families, and friends, and for health care professionals involved in sleep apnea management. This extensively revised and expanded fourth edition covers causes, diagnosis, treatment, and surgical techniques as well as the pros and cons of specific therapies.

Readers will learn:

  • When snoring is a sign of sleep apnea
  • Why snoring and sleep apnea are dangerous to your health
  • Who should see a sleep specialist
  • Where to find an accredited sleep disorder center
  • The latest treatments and how to feel better fast

NEW and expanded topics in this edition include:

  • A new chapter on women and sleep apnea
  • Managing children and adolescents with sleep apnea
  • Advances in CPAP and other key treatments
  • The latest statistics on the impact of sleep apnea on obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease

Snoring and Sleep Apnea: Sleep Well, Feel Better will educate readers and help them receive appropriate diagnostic tests and the most effective treatment so they can live full and healthy lives.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: 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.
Cover(s the latest sleep clinic findings on the topic. Answers to key questions are written with the lay reader in mind and are easy to understand.
Ruzica K. Ristanovic
This updated and minimally expanded book represents a unique blend of physicians' and patient spouses' viewpoints of sleep apnea, providing guidelines to patients and their families. The second edition was published in 1996. The authors' goal is to fill "an information vacuum" in layperson/patient education literature and improve recognition of sleep apnea in the medical community. Education of the people with suspected or diagnosed sleep apnea, their spouses, and their family physicians is expected to enable them to understand the disorder, and lead them to more timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment. The book is targeted for suspected or actual patients, their spouses, and family members, but it will be a source of information for primary care physicians, especially because they are becoming more and more instrumental in early recognition and continuous management of sleep apnea. The book is organized in 16 chapters in which relevant questions are addressed. An appendix of the addresses, products, and services for sleep apnea patients is available. An informative table is provided in which drugs with potential to cause drowsiness, apnea, or insomnia are summarized is available as well. The title, the content, and the organization of the Chapter 15 have been altered and simplified from the previous edition. This book is enriched by appropriate graphs and excellent illustrations. The references are adequate and current. In-depth coverage of a topic "Treating Sleep Apnea" enables the patient to get involved and make an informed decision about treatment choice. The authors of this excellent book provide information about sleep apnea primarily to patients and their families.The uniqueness of the book resides in a blend of the viewpoint of a physician (sleep medicine specialist) and the viewpoint of a patient's spouse. The reader is provided with state-of-the-art information in the field of sleep apnea in a more palatable form. The format of the book is not changed, but the information is updated.
From The Critics
Now in a completely updated and expanded third edition, Snoring And Sleep Apnea: Sleep Well, Feel Better continues to be an invaluable resource for anyone afflicted with the health risks and inconvenience of sleep disorders. Sleep Apnea is defined and described, the causes or identified, the relationship of obesity to Sleep Apnea explained, advice on finding a sleep specialist and appropriate treatment are offered -- including alternative medicine with respect to Sleep Apnea. Written so as to be totally accessible for the non-specialist general reader, Snoring And Sleep Apnea is a "must" for anyone who suffers, and their friends and family who want to help them cope with and overcome this health-hazardous condition.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932603262
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/2/2008
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 196
  • Sales rank: 708,214
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph Pascualy, MD is a nationally recognized sleep specialist who has pioneered clinical care programs for patients with sleep disorders since 1984. He is the Director of Sleep Medicine Associates, a leading Northwest sleep medicine service.
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Table of Contents

Do You Have Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea Harms Health and Home Life
Normal Sleep, Snoring, and the Development of Sleep Apnea
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
Problems and Pitfalls of Identifying Sleep Apnea
The Sleep Center: Testing for Sleep Apnea
Treating Sleep Apnea
Obesity and Sleep Apnea
Infant Death Syndrome and Sleep Apnea in Infants
Sleep Apnea in Older Children and Adolescents
Sleep Apnea and the Senior Citizen
Finding a Sleep Specialist
Choosing a CPAP and a Homecare Company
Follow-Up Care: Living with Sleep Apnea
Solving CPAP Problems
Medicine and Sleep Apnea
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