Today on MD-VOD, Dr. John Kennedy is joined by board-certified sleep expert, Dr. Avi Ishaaya to discuss sleep disorders, including sleep apnea. Together they examine the cause of sleep apnea, who is at risk, the symptoms, how it’s diagnosed and available medications, treatments and therapies. They further discuss the consequences and the realities of living with sleep apnea, including insurance coverage and related costs.
Sleep apnea is a disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems including:
Dr. Ishaaya points out that it is best to start with lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise when addressing sleep apnea. Although for those with more advanced cases, many doctors recommend additional treatments as well.
There are several methods to treat sleep apnea, including various surgeries and dental devices, but the most common treatment is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). CPAP is a treatment in which the patient wears a breathing mask, hooked up to a machine that delivers a constant flow of air into the nostrils. This positive pressure helps to keep the airways open so that breathing is not impaired.
So join us as we simplify this common and treatable disease and arm you with the tools and information you need to combat sleep apnea for yourself and those you love.
*****This video contains healthcare information only, not medical advice.*****
Host, Dr. John Kennedy, MD, FACC is the Director of Preventive Cardiology and Wellness, Marina Del Rey Hospital, Marina Del Rey, California. He is on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association and is the Co-Author of The 15 Minute Heart Cure: The Natural Way to Release Stress and Heal Your Heart in Just Minutes a Day.
Guest expert, Dr. Avi Ishaaya is a quadruple-boarded physician practicing in Los Angeles. He is board-certified in Sleep, Pulmonary, Internal Medicine, and Geriatrics Medicine. Dr. Ishaaya 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.