It is a sleep disorder characterized by breathing patterns during sleep that decreases oxygen due to shallow breathing, pauses in breathing, or infrequent breathing. In the US, it is estimated that there are 22 million patients with moderate to severe symptoms and only 20% have been officially diagnosed. Undiagnosed sleep apnea has significant health implications. All of the following diseases are impacted by untreated sleep apnea: coronary artery disease, stroke, elevated blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, work related accidents, motor vehicle accidents, liver disease and diabetes.
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Home Sleep Study
A Home Sleep Study (HSS) can be done in the comfort of your own home with significant cost savings. In addition, it is more convenient for the patient. To learn more about a HSS, ask your provider. These HSS sessions are coordinated through the following clinics:
Pulmonologist Dr. Jagdeep Bijwadia:
Dr. Bijwadia is a pulmonologist in St. Paul. He has a consultative practice in pulmonary and sleep medicine at several convenient locations in the east metro. He is Board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Medicine. To learn more, go to: https://synaptrx.com/our-staff/. He provides pulmonology consults at the following clinics:
- Como/Roseville on Mondays
- West St. Paul on Wednesday and Fridays
- Hugo on Thursdays