Tuesday, May 26, 2009

House Resolution Raises Awareness of Sleep Apnea

Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., recently introduced a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives to raise awareness of sleep apnea. The resolution “encourages all Americans to educate themselves and others about the consequences of sleep apnea and its potential treatments.”

What are these consequences? The resolution points out that “untreated sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, and diabetes.”

The resolution also notes that anyone can suffer from sleep apnea. It “can strike anyone, at any age, at any time, including

But the good news is that sleep apnea can be treated. The resolution states that “lifestyle changes,
mouthpieces, surgery, and/or breathing devices can successfully treat sleep apnea.” These breathing devices – called CPAP – are the most effective treatment for sleep apnea.

The resolution has been referred to the
House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The AASM sent a letter of support and thanks to Rep. Bilirakis.

Read the full text of
H. Res. 384 online.

Learn more about
obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea on SleepEducation.com. Get help for sleep apnea from an AASM-accredited sleep center near you.

Image: The U.S. House rostrum

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