Cardiac Sleep Review (CSR) talks with Daniel Bensimhon, MD, Medical Director of The Advanced Heart and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, NC. Dr. Bensimhon is an Advanced Heart Failure cardiologist who treats patients with all levels of heart failure—from very mild (Class II) to patients who need full mechanical support and referral for cardiac transplantation (Class IV)

Can Questionnaires Reliably Predict Sleep Apnea

The rising prevalence of sleep apnea (SA) asks for simple but accurate tools to identify patients with this disorder. Detection and treatment, especially for patients with cardiovascular comorbidities, enables the prevention of various serious consequences.

Impact of OSA on Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a potentially life-threatening condition that may be exacerbated by Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA has been verified as an independent causal factor in the pathogenesis of hypertension and vascular dysfunction.

Sleep Specialist to Cardiologists: “Working Together Will Serve Our Patients Well”

Links between heart disease and sleep disorders have been clearly established, Dr. Patel said. And more links continue to be identified, he said. “We are learning more recently about the relationship between atrial fibrillation (AFib) and central sleep apnea. We all know that congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy are related to central sleep apnea, but now we know AFib as well,” he said.

OSA, AFib Patient: “Get Tested, It May Save Your Life. It Saved Mine!”

When the sleep specialist looked at the results of Floyd Rowland’s second sleep test, he asked, “How are you even alive?” The at-home sleep test confirmed what the former Marine from Oceanside, California, already suspected: he had severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). His Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI) was 64, which meant he woke up at least 64 times in an hour and stopped breathing for at least 10 seconds each time.

Why Cardiologists Should Screen “Asymptomatic” Patients for OSA

Sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, are on the rise, posing a significant health issue in the United States. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, as many as 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea – and of those, as many as 80 percent have cases that are moderate to severe but may not know it. Sleep apnea is widely underdiagnosed and severely underreported, according to an analysis of the Sleep Heart Health Study.

Closing the Loop on Sleep Apnea Management

Speaking with cardiologists across the country about the care pathway for sleep apnea management of their patients, we are often asked: “How do I know what happens to the patient after we diagnose them?”