New study says half of women could be suffering from sleep apnea
A new study states that as many as half of women could be suffering from sleep apnea, the research published in August edition of Respiratory Journal indicates.
As part of the research, the experts from Umea University and Uppsala University, both in Sweden recruited a random population sample of 400 women. They were asked to fill the questionnaire and were monitored while they were sleeping. Of the 400 women, some experienced at least five episodes an hour, when they stopped breathing for more than 10 seconds.
The women who suffered from hypertension or those who were obese, there were two risk factors of sleep apnea reported. The numbers were also higher, reaching 80 to 84% of women.
The selected 400 female participants were in the age-group of 27 to 70 and from a population sample of 10,000 people. Each of them were fitted with sensors that measured their heart rate, eye movement, leg movement, blood oxygen levels, brain waves and air flow.
The study was funded by the Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation. It was found that apnea became more common in the older age groups. Among women aged 20-44, one quarter had sleep apnea, compared with 56% of women aged 45-54 and 75% of women aged 55-70.
Meanwhile, severe sleep apnea involving more than 30 breathing disruptions per hour, was less common. Just 4.6% of women 45-54 and 14% of women 55-70 had severe cases. Their work that was supported by Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation states that doctors must regularly check obese women as also those women having hypertension for sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of abnormally low breathing during sleep.
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What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”