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WCMH’s Home Sleep Studies help diagnose Obstructive Sleep Apnea

January 23, 2020

WEBSTER SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA – Poor sleep can leave a person feeling tired and out of sorts.  It can also lead to serious long-term health effects if left untreated.  A home sleep study, like those available through Webster County Memorial Hospital (WCMH), can help properly diagnose if Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is to blame for sleep deprivation.

“A home sleep test is a convenient way for patients to know if they have obstructive sleep apnea,” said Lauren Smith, LRTC, and Manager of Cardiopulmonary Services at WCMH.

“Once a patient has a referral from their provider we will bring them in to pick up the equipment and demonstrate how to use the machine. The patient goes home, performs the test, and the data is automatically stored on the equipment,” Smith added. “It’s noninvasive, convenient, and is less costly than an in-lab sleep study.”

Home sleep test results are shared with the patient’s provider who will determine treatment and follow up care.

OSA occurs when the upper airway becomes partially or completely blocked causing breathing to stop and start repeatedly during sleep. A common sign of OSA is snoring. Causes of OSA can include obesity, smoking, hereditary factors, and other.

“If left untreated, OSA can lead to health problems including cardiovascular, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes,” Smith said.

For more information about WCMH’s Cardiopulmonary Department or home sleep studies, call 304.847.1017.