I have decided to screen all patients for sleep disordered breathing. Why? Because it can kill you, and no one will ever know why you died. Generally, only sleep medicine physicians, ENT’s and a few others have any idea what’s going on, but at least 20% of all adults have it and 50% of everyone over 60 has it. 90% of those with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are not being treated. It killed my grandfather, and I have it, too. On a typical day in my office 2 or 3 of you will have it, but most of you know don’t know it yet. Are you one of those 2 or 3?

Some medical problems associated with Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) are:

  • Sudden Death
  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Acid Reflux
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Bruxism
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Snoring
  • Obesity
  • Headaches
  • Poor memory
  • Dementia
  • Sleep Driving
  • Periodontal disease

The typical person with SDB is like me… male, over 50, overweight, and with a large neck, but we’re finding that even athletes have this problem. For example, current 25-year-old Astros pitcher Josh James has sleep apnea. Treatment saved his career. Reggie White died at age 43 from sleep apnea. It is estimated that one third of all NFL players have sleep apnea. The numbers are just ridiculous. You have to be tested to know, and this screening is a good indicator of whether or not you should be tested. The screen is only an evaluation of your risk. Increased risk does not indicate disease, just a need to test.

Contact our office today at 512-930-7645 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Mark Kupec and learn more about our treatments for sleep disordered breathing in Georgetown, Texas