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Sleep Apnea Inspire Therapy Explained

Posted by IowaCityASC on May 19, 2017 2:09:03 PM
People often joke about snoring, but if your snoring is caused by obstructive sleep apnea, it’s nothing to joke about. This serious condition causes you to stop breathing anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes while you are sleeping because soft tissues in your mouth and throat relax and block your airway. When this happens, your body and especially your brain is being deprived of the oxygen it needs to function correctly. Inspire therapy can help reduce your obstructive sleep apnea.

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Topics: sleep apnea, sleep apnea symptoms, obstructive sleep apnea, CPAP struggles, CPAP

Why am I Struggling With My CPAP Device

Posted by IowaCityASC on May 19, 2017 11:47:28 AM
Many people rely on CPAP devices to control their breathing difficulties from obstructive sleep apnea. And unfortunately, many find that they are continually struggling with their CPAP device. If your CPAP makes you uncomfortable, you might find it difficult to sleep at night, which goes against what the CPAP is supposed to be accomplishing for you.

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Topics: sleep apnea, inspire therapy, obstructive sleep apnea, CPAP struggles, CPAP

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Posted by IowaCityASC on May 3, 2017 4:48:46 PM
Those who suffer from sleep apnea will often stop breathing repeatedly while sleeping, in some cases, hundreds of times. Each time breathing is stopped, the body, including the brain, do not receive the amount of oxygen that would normally occur. Because this condition deprives the body of oxygen, sleep apnea is considered a serious disorder. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This type of sleep apnea is a result of the airway becoming blocked because the soft tissue found at the back of the throat collapses while sleeping.

Diagnosing sleep apnea can be difficult because doctors are unable to detect the disorder during a regular checkup. It cannot be detected by a blood test either. If it’s suspected that you have sleep apnea, your diagnosis often depends on whether your bed partner or a family member has witnessed you having difficulty breathing while sleeping or if you are experiencing signs of this disorder.

Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

If you suffer from sleep apnea, you might not realize it because you are sleeping when you stop breathing. However, you could experience certain symptoms that might suggest that you have this condition. 

Sleep apnea symptoms might include: 
  • Loud snoring 
  • Making a loud choking or snorting sound while sleeping 
  • Waking up choking or gasping for air
  • Lack of energy or feeling tired during the day 
  • Waking up with a headache, dry throat or very sore throat
  • Restless sleep 
  • Being forgetful 
  • Difficulty with paying attention 
  • Insomnia or waking up often during the night 
  • Having difficulty staying awake while driving 
  • Irritability and changes in mood 
  • Lack of interest in sex 
Time to Speak with Your Doctor

Occasionally having any of the above symptoms alone may not be cause for concern. Snoring does not necessarily mean that you have sleep apnea either. However, if you are frequently experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea or snoring loudly with breaks of silence, it might be a good idea to discuss this with your doctor. 

Left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your risk of developing serious health problems, including: 
  • Heart failure 
  • High blood pressure 
  • Stroke 
  • Heart attack 
  • Arrhythmias/irregular heartbeat 
  • Diabetes 
  • Obesity 
You may also be at a higher risk for being in an accident while working or driving. 

If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, your doctor will discuss your treatment options with you for managing this condition. It might be as simple as making a few lifestyle changes, but in some cases breathing devices or surgery may be indicated. 
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Topics: ENT, ENT Specialist, sleep apnea, sleep apnea symptoms, inspire therapy

Treating My Child's Ear Infection

Posted by IowaCityASC on Mar 1, 2017 9:26:50 AM
Treating My Child's Ear InfectionAn ear infection can really make your child feel miserable. In the past the course of treatment was often a round of oral antibiotics. However, nowadays, many doctors hold off on prescribing antibiotics right away, especially where it is suspected that the cause of the ear is a virus instead of bacteria. Repeated exposure to antibiotics can build up your child's resistance to those drugs over time making them less effective when they really need them. It is often possible to treat your child’s ear infection at home and watch for symptoms to improve or worsen over 24 hours.

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Topics: ear infection treatment, ear infection, ENT, ear infection symptoms

Ear Infection Symptoms and Next Steps

Posted by IowaCityASC on Feb 28, 2017 4:12:29 PM
Ear Infection Symptoms and Next StepsEar infections are very common among children. Almost 16 million kids will visit a doctor each year with an ear infection and more the 80 percent of all kids will be diagnosed with at least one middle-ear infection before they are three-years old. It is important to know how to recognize ear infection symptoms, especially in infants and young children who may not be able to tell you what they are feeling.

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Topics: ear infection treatment, ear infection, ENT, ENT Specialist, ear infection symptoms

When Should I Take My Child to an ENT Specialist?

Posted by IowaCityASC on Feb 28, 2017 4:04:10 PM
When Should I Take My Child To An ENT Specialist?An occasional ear infection is nothing to be overly concerned about. However, if your child has more than three ear infections within six months or four ear infections within a year, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends taking your child to see an ENT specialist.

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Topics: ear infection, ENT, ENT Specialist, Ear, Nose and Throat

Should I Have Cataract Surgery?

Posted by IowaCityASC on Jan 17, 2017 4:27:04 PM

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology almost 25.7 million Americans 40 and over have cataracts. Cataracts are considered a normal part of the body’s aging process. The only cure for cataracts is to have surgery to remove them. The prospect of cataract surgery might be intimidating, but you can rest assured that this surgery is the most common elective surgery for older adults who have Medicare.

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Topics: facts on cataracts, should I have cataract surgery, cataracts, cataract surgery

I Was Diagnosed With Cataracts. Now What

Posted by IowaCityASC on Jan 17, 2017 4:22:34 PM

After your ophthalmologist has performed tests to confirm that you have cataracts, fear may set in. Being told that you have cataracts and that eventually you will need eye surgery to save your eyesight can be very scary news. It’s only natural to be afraid that there may a strong possibility you will go blind if you do not have the surgery. Then of course, there is the worry you might then have about having surgery on your eyes.

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Topics: i was diagnosed with cataracts, facts on cataracts, cataracts

What Happens During Cataract Surgery

Posted by IowaCityASC on Jan 17, 2017 4:16:19 PM

Removing a cataract involves separating it from the lens capsule. The affected lens will be replaced with an intraocular lens implant (IOL). Sometimes it’s not possible to replace the lens. When this happens, your eye doctor will prescribe glasses or contact lenses that will compensate for not having a lens in your eye.

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Topics: facts on cataracts, what happens during cataract surgery, cataracts, cataract surgery

Preventing Cataracts

Posted by IowaCityASC on Jan 17, 2017 3:52:12 PM

There is no scientific proof that cataracts can be prevented. Most types of cataracts are usually accepted as a normal part of aging. However, doctors advise that there might be ways to reduce your risk of developing or slow their progression.

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Topics: Ophthalmology, slowing cataracts, eye health, eye surgery, facts on cataracts, preventing cataracts, cataracts