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Good Samaritan Expert Comments on Recent News Regarding Sleep Apnea Testing

June 30th, 2016

A video produced by Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip offers important information regarding sleep apnea; including causes, diagnosis, symptoms, and treatment options.

The video, featuring Sam Davidoff, DO, Pulmonologist at Good Samaritan Hospital, is a must see for those who believe they or their spouse may have sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea and its consequences were highlighted following a passenger commuter train accident in February 2015 which resulted in six deaths and more than a dozen injuries after the engineer was found to have fallen asleep while driving the train. It was later determined that he had sleep apnea.

Shortly thereafter, Governor Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer called for all Metropolitan Transportation Administration employees to be screened and tested for sleep apnea.

With more than 18,000,000 Americans diagnosed with the disease, and half of them overweight, Dr. Davidoff says it is vitally important for people who think they or a loved one may have sleep apnea to be screened for the disease.

Testing requires an overnight stay in the sleep apnea unit where a patient’s oxygen level, heart rate and rhythm can be monitored. Those found to have sleep apnea, may require treatment with a dental or breathing apparatus that ensures positive airway pressure is maintained.

The positives results are many, said Dr. Davidoff, including a higher level of energy and decreased appetite.

Click here to view the video.