Mercy Health System Physicians To Offer A Dinner Health Seminar on Sleep Apnea and Physician Credentials

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A dinner seminar will be offered at Mercy Walworth Hospital and Medical Center on January 12 at 6 pm

Javon Bea Mercy Health System President and CEO: Dr. Rajesh Balagani, pulmonology and sleep medicine, and Dr. Kamil Krukowski, family medicine and primary care will offer a free dinner seminar on January 12 at 6 pm at Mercy Walworth Hospital and Medical Center in Lake Geneva, WI. Topics will include sleep apnea and physician credentials.

Sleep apnea occurs when breathing stops for brief periods of time while a person is sleeping. It can last for 10-30 seconds, and may occur up to 20-30 times per hour. During 1 night of sleep, this can cause up to 400 episodes of interrupted breathing. Sleep apnea is more common in men and in adults over 40 years of age.

Factors that increase your chances of developing sleep apnea include:

  •      Overweight
  •      Large neck circumference
  •      Family history of apnea
  •      Structural abnormalities of the nose, throat, or other part of the respiratory tract. Examples include:

        - Polyps
        - Severely enlarged tonsils
        - Deviated nasal septum

  •      Hypothyroidism
  •      Asthma
  •      Certain medications, such as sedatives and sleeping aids
  •      Alcohol consumption
  •      Smoking

Registration is required by calling 888-39-MERCY.

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