Seattle WA (PRWEB) June 08, 2012
Former NFL players are joining Dr. Steve Carstensen, DDS, President Elect of The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, on July 14th, in Seattle, to take part in a nation-wide sleep apnea awareness campaign, “Tackling Sleep Apnea.” This will be the third in a series of events that will be taking place across the United States, in effort to raise sleep apnea awareness.
The event will be held at the Century Link Field located at 800 Occidental Ave. S. in Seattle,WA, and will begin at 2 p.m. This event is free to the public to those who pre-register online. A question and answer session will be open to the press beforehand, beginning at 1 p.m.
Former Dallas Cowboy Player, Derek Kennard and Elias Kalantzis, President of SLEEPTEST.com, an online resource dedicated to spreading sleep apnea awareness, will both share their personal experiences with sleep apnea fatality. Carstensen will lead the discussions and share his expertise and information on the dangers of untreated sleep apnea and effective sleep apnea treatments.
According to Carstensen, “Untreated sleep apnea increases chances of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. People are using more health care resources and dying earlier because of it. Yet the vast majority of people suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are undiagnosed. Snoring, a sign of sleep apnea, is more than a social issue.”
As part of this national campaign, Seattle residents will be offered free home sleep tests to the first 25 registrants online (http://www.SleepTest.com/seattle.) Those who may be suffering from sleep apnea, now have a chance to tackle this deadly epidemic.
“Knowing today’s economic situation and tougher times, this assessment may not be a priority to most individuals. The reality is, sleep apnea takes lives and that merits national awareness. Our goal is to spread the awareness and tackle sleep apnea throughout the nation,” Kalantzis said.
Pre-registrants who attend the event will also be entered in a drawing for the opportunity to win different prizes. After the event, along with Former Dallas Cowboy Player, Derek Kennard, several NFL “hall of famers” like Mike Haynes and Carl Eller, will be available to sign autographs and photographic opportunities.
“Seattle has a great opportunity here to learn about and treat this potentially deadly condition,” Kalantzis said. “I don’t want anyone to have to lose their life or have to suffer the loss of someone who is close to them, when it could have been prevented.”