We now know that failing to treat sleep apnea can increase a patient’s risk for diseases such as stroke, diabetes, heart failure, high blood pressure, weight gain, and car accidents. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 18, 2012
Aviisha Medical Institute, an industry leader in home sleep apnea testing and treatment, will attend the Taste of Soul Family Festival to help raise awareness for sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. Aviisha will offer free sleep apnea screening at the event and invites festival goers to find out if they qualify for a free home sleep apnea test. The free event, which features live music, entertainment, food, celebrity guests, children's activities, shopping and more, will be held this Saturday, October 20th, in Los Angeles, California.
“Aviisha has always been committed to raising awareness about sleep disorders like sleep apnea,” said Dr. Avi Ishaaya, Aviisha’s co-founder. “Events like these are a great way to educate people about the dangers and signs of sleep apnea.” Sleep apnea is a disease that afflicts 1 in every 5 Americans in mild form or worse, but roughly 85% of sufferers remain undiagnosed. Some of the risk factors for sleep apnea include being overweight or obese, loud snoring, having a wide neck, being a male or a postmenopausal female, older age, or smoking. Untreated sufferers experience daytime sleepiness, memory and concentration difficulties, marital problems, and mood disturbances.
Worse yet, sleep apnea has been linked to a wide array of serious medical conditions. “We now know that failing to treat sleep apnea can increase a patient’s risk for diseases such as stroke, diabetes, heart failure, cancer, high blood pressure, weight gain, and car accidents. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg,” noted Dr. Avi. Recently studies have linked sleep apnea to higher risk of cancer, silent strokes, depression, behavioral problems in children, childhood-onset diabetes, sexual dysfunction, memory problems, and even sudden death. Studies have also found that certain ethnic groups like African Americans, Hispanics and Asians are at higher risk for sleep apnea.
Aviisha is a pioneer in home sleep apnea care and the creator of the total sleep apnea solution. The company offers screening, home sleep testing, Auto PAP treatment, and long-term compliance management—everything a patient needs to address sleep apnea. With home testing, patients can get tested in the comfort and privacy of their home in a fraction of the time and cost of traditional sleep testing.
Aviisha's professional staff will be available to answer questions about sleep apnea and will provide free risk-for-sleep-apnea assessment at the Taste of Soul Festival on Saturday.
About Dr. Avi Ishaaya
Dr. Avi Ishaaya is a quadruple-boarded physician practicing in Los Angeles. He is board-certified in Sleep, Pulmonary, Internal Medicine, and Geriatrics Medicine. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA with honors at age 19 and graduated Medical School by age 23. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Avi is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine. He has been featured on FOX News, the Dennis Prager Show, MD-VOD, KTLA, and other television and radio programs. He is the author of the Aviisha Guide to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (digital book).
Aviisha, a national leader in home sleep care, works with physicians and patients around the country to provide comprehensive, convenient, affordable, and expedient services to address the emerging sleep apnea epidemic. Aviisha’s services include screening, home sleep testing, treatment, compliance management, and education. Additionally, Aviisha operates fully accredited sleep labs in Southern California and the MD Home Sleep Program which enables both sleep and non-sleep physicians to diagnose and treat sleep apnea.