Aviisha Medical Institute Provides Free Screening and Assessments for Sleep Apnea in Honor of World Hypertension Day

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Between May 17 and May 24, the Aviisha Medical Institute will offer free screening and assessments for sleep apnea, an identifiable cause of hypertension

World Hypertension Day is May 17th 2012

Many people suffering from hypertension may not know why or what to do about it.

Aviisha Medical Institute, LLC, an industry leader in portable home diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea, will offer free sleep apnea assessments and 100 dollars off the regular price of the home sleep test beginning May 17, World Hypertension Day, and lasting one week until May 24. Patients anywhere in the US will be able to get a free sleep apnea screening and assessment online. Sleep apnea has been classified as an identifiable cause of hypertension (high blood pressure) by the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure.

Sleep apnea, known as the silent killer, afflicts 1 in every 5 Americans. People with sleep apnea stop breathing in their sleep for seconds or even minutes at a time and repeatedly wake up gasping or choking for breath. Studies estimate that up to 60% of patients with sleep apnea have hypertension. In patients with sleep apnea, hypertension is often resistant to antihypertensive therapy which can further complicate treatment. “Many people suffering from hypertension may not know why or what to do about it,” said Dr. Avi Ishaaya, Aviisha’s co-founder and CEO. “Even worse, people with untreated sleep apnea also suffer from its relateddiseases. Testing and treatment is crucial to preserve their quality of life and health.”

When untreated, sleep apnea causes excessive daytime sleepiness, poor concentration, non-restful sleep, impaired memory, depression, and anxiety. It also leads to serious cardiovascular complications, including hypertension, heart attacks, heart failures, arrhythmias, stroke, erectile dysfunction, and even death. An alarming 85% of sleep apnea sufferers are undiagnosed and untreated. Research shows that treatment for sleep apnea can substantially reduce daytime and nighttime blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Treatment also eliminates excessive sleepiness which increases alertness, enhances productivity, and improves mood.

“If you or your partner snore, are overweight, or wake up gasping or choking, you should be tested for sleep apnea immediately,” explained Dr. Avi.

Aviisha is the only national company to offer everything a patient needs to address sleep apnea, including screening, evaluation, testing, treatment, and compliance management. Home testing allows patients to get tested in the comfort and privacy of their home in a fraction of the time and cost of traditional sleep testing.

To start the assessment process or to order a test, visit sleep.aviisha.com and use the promo code HypertensionDay. To learn more, visit http://sleep.aviisha.com or contact media(at)aviisha(dot)com.

About Dr. Avi
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, KTLA, and other television and radio programs. He is the author of the Aviisha Guide to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (digital book).

About Aviisha
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.

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