25 Aug

Stop Snoring!

What if you snore and found out you do not have sleep apnea? What do you do?

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that sleep physicians prescribe oral appliances rather than no therapy for adult patients who request treatment for primary snoring when they do not have obstructive sleep apnea. What are some of the benefits?

Advantages of Oral Appliances that Reduce Snoring

Oral appliances reduce the frequency and intensity of snoring, improve sleep quality for the patients who snore and their bed partners, and improve quality of life measures.

Insufficient evidence exists to conclude the treatment of primary snoring and prove other health-related outcomes or to compare objective sleep quality during the use of oral appliances versus other treatments. Nonetheless, it will help you with your snoring.

Therefore, oral appliances should be recommended for patients who snore and fail conservative measures such as losing weight, positional therapy, avoiding alcohol, and request further treatment.

Diagnosed primary snoring should be rendered by sleep physicians like ours at Blackstone Medical because snoring is frequently accompanied by OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea). When it is misdiagnosed, there can be serious implications for the patient. If you need more information please contact us at our website BlackstoneMedicalServices.com because we are the preferred choice in home sleep testing.

There is a very high chance that you know someone who snores in their sleep, or you may be that person! This often can be harmless, but it may be a nuisance to other people around. It can be harmless, but it also can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea. Make sure you and your loved ones are rightfully informed with the correct information so you can live your lives to the fullest!

22 Aug

The Link between Blood Pressure and Apnea

Often we are affected by disorders that we do not choose to have to live with. It is highly-likely that you are either affected personally with sleep apnea or high blood pressure, or you know someone who is. These can be a deadly combination and can be related in some senses so it is best you have all the right information to help manage and control your life.

I want to provide you with the latest information about your health so you are more educated and can help yourself and other people that suffer from these issues. This will be something that is very important for you if you are, or know of, someone who is affected by one of these two disorders.

The Relationship between Blood Pressure and Sleep Apnea

There is a wealth of research that suggests sleep apnea and high blood pressure are a very dangerous pair. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep and this has been known to increase the risk for high blood pressure.

Research also shows that high blood pressure, often referred to as the “Silent Killer,” can cause sleep apnea or it can worsen breathing in patients who are already affected by sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea and high blood pressure have both been linked to significantly increased risk of serious complications like strokes and heart attacks. Research suggests that anywhere from 30% – 50% of patients with high blood pressure have sleep apnea.

However, sleep apnea is much more common in patients with resistant hypertension who have tried a variety of blood pressure treatments but can’t get their condition under control. Resistant hypertension is a major public health issue because uncontrolled, high blood pressure can lead to serious complications.

Treatments

The good news is that treatment for obstructive sleep apnea can aid in lowering blood pressure levels. A simple, mass-therapy called “CPAP,” helps promote normal breathing during sleep and shows to have reduced blood pressure levels. CPAP is especially effective as a potential treatment for these high-risk patients.

It is very important that you know how to handle and manage high blood pressure and sleep apnea because your overall health can be greatly affected by these two. Please reach out to us for more information at BlackstoneMedicalServices.com.

We are the preferred choice for home sleep medical testing for a reason!

18 Aug

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Increases Risk of Stroke

The chances are high that you are, or know of someone who is, affected by obstructive sleep apnea. While this may appear as a minor disorder, it can actually be a common cause for major complications.

Obstructive sleep apnea more than doubles the risk of stroke in men and increases the chance of having a stroke in women according to new research. The founding comes from a major study that tested 5,400 people of the age 40 and older, who had no history of a stroke.

The Effects for Men

Researchers say that an increased risk of having a stroke appeared in men with mild sleep apnea and rose greatly with the higher severity of their apnea. Men with moderate-to-severe sleep apnea were about three times more likely to have a stroke than men with mild, or no sleep apnea.

The Effects for Women

The increased risk of having a stroke in women with obstructive sleep apnea was significant only in cases of severe apnea according to the study published by the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Researchers say more than 50 million strokes occur worldwide every year and about one-third of them are fatal. Increased risk of stroke in people with sleep apnea exists even without other risk factors such as weight, blood pressure, race, diabetes, and smoking.

How to Protect You and Your Loved Ones

If you feel you might be at risk, visit our website for more information at BlackstoneMedicalServices.com and you will see why there is a reason Blackstone Medical Services is the preferred choice in home sleep testing.

We want to make sure you and your loved ones are properly informed and taken care of because obstructive sleep apnea can have severely harmful effects on the people with the disorder and surrounding friends and family. There are ways to make your life better and reduce your risk of stroke from obstructive sleep apnea and we are sure we can help you.

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15 Aug

The Fastest and Easiest Way to Send in Your ERX

Through many years around the medical field I noticed that ordering a home sleep test system is inefficient and often takes people like you away from bigger tasks you need to focus on. Efficiently using your time is a top priority and I am excited let you know that we have changed the complicated process for you to order these tests from your office in a fast and easy way.

We designed the system to cater to you whether you are a physician, dentist, or even if you are new to us and you have never used us before. The process is simple, easy to complete, and you never have to wait near the fax machine, worry if the fax was sent, or worry about keeping the paper copy – our system eliminates all the headache!

As mentioned in the video, here are the three steps of the quick process to set up your own account and start today:

1) Go to our website at BlackstoneMedicalServices.com and at the top of the page you will see a blue button that says, “Online Order Form.” Once you click on that button you will be taken to the sign-up page.

2) Simply follow the step-by-step process of adding a practitioner to the system and then it will guide you to add an e-signature, or you can upload one that you may already be using.

3) Once you set up your practitioner, you are all set and ready to go! You can click on your practitioner, fill out the online ERX, and hit the submit button.

When you do that, our system creates a PDF of the completed ERX in a pop-up window and you will also get an email of the ERX in PDF format for your records. If you have an EMR, you can save the PDF in the patient’s chart.

That’s all you have to do and we will process the order in the same way as if you had faxed us the prescription. It is that simple! I hope you love the system and find that it saves you money and time like it has already for many. I thank you for trusting us with your patients because Blackstone Medical Services is the preferred choice in home sleep testing for a reason!

Time is your most important asset – go get it.

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