Holter Based Sleep Apnea Detection - Screening Saves Lives

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Commonly used to identify cardiac arrhythmias, KCI Technology and Services' Holter analysis software incorporates sleep apnea screening as part of a standard 24 hour Holter scan. Early recognition and treatment of sleep apnea can prevent irregular heart beat, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and sudden death.

Commonly used to identify cardiac arrhythmias, KCI Technology and Services' Holter analysis software incorporates sleep apnea screening as part of a standard 24 hour Holter scan. Early recognition and treatment of sleep apnea can prevent irregular heart beat, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and sudden death.

"A new, highly reliable, non-invasive diagnostic for obstructive sleep apnea (that can be used in adults and children) is reported. This technology appears to represent a major advance in unattended sleep apnea detection in the home. Its ease of use makes it one of the first objective home screening services available for adults and children."
Jordan C. Stern, MD
New York Otolaryngology Group (NYOG), New York, NY

Branchburg, New Jersey - June 2007- KCI Technology and Services, a leader in PC-based diagnostic equipment, announces the availability of Sleep Apnea Detection with the DR 180+ Digital OxyHolter Recorder and an in-house screening service. Together these services provide the screening of patients with potential Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a condition associated with increased morbidity and mortality.

OSA, the periodic cessation of breathing during sleep due to intermittent partial or complete upper airway obstruction, is a frequently undiagnosed condition affecting millions of people. The efforts to breathe will briefly wake the person to allow the airway to open and breathing to resume. The arousal from sleep is associated with sudden marked increases in heart rate and blood pressure. When the patient returns to sleep the airway will tend to obstruct again, resulting in recurrent apneas, occurring from 10 to 60 times per hour throughout the night. The recurrent apneic periods, accompanied by hypoxemia, cause a variety of cardiac arrhythmias leading to increased risk of heart attack and stroke, as well as non-cardiac symptoms such as daytime somnolence, inattentiveness, and depression.

OSA is currently diagnosed with an overnight hospital or sleep center stay using polysomnography (PSG), which is the recording of multiple physiological signals during sleep. PSG involves a large capital investment in equipment, bed space and specialized technical support. Interpretation of test results is complex and time-consuming, with the overall cost estimated at $1,000 to $1,200 per procedure.

The DR 180+ Digital OxyHolter Recorder represents a quantum step in the ability to isolate or correlate cardiac and pulmonary issues. The OxyHolter can perform in small practices as well as large clinic or full service providers. This monitor is designed with the following three goals in mind: ease-of-use for the patient and clinician, accuracy of data and durability of the unit.

KCI Technology and Services now offers an in-house scanning department which is headed by a cardiac technician with over twenty years experience. Our scanning staff recently underwent extensive training in OxyHolter scan processing directly from the developer and manufacturer. This training makes them the only real choice in OxyHolter scanning. Uploading and transmitting patient data takes only minutes, resulting in data transfer within twenty four hours.

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