Jamshedpur, April 30: The ENT department of Tata Main Hospital organized a lecture and workshop on snoring and sleep apnea for the first time in the steel city on Saturday.
The program was conducted by Dr. Vikas Agarwal, a renowned robotic sleep apnea surgeon from Mumbai. He was assisted by doctors from the ENT and anesthesia departments of the hospital. He performed surgeries on four patients in TMH MOT.
Speaking about the snoring and sleep apnea, Agarwal said, “It is very common in every family and is taken very lightly.
However, many snorers are actually suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which the person stops breathing multiple times in sleep, for short duration due to choking inside the throat.
This leads to disrupted sleep, lethargy, daytime sleepiness, headaches, depression, and in long term leads to blood pressure, diabetes and even heart attacks and stroke. In fact, the most common time of heart attacks and sudden deaths is late night and early morning.”
This can be diagnosed by a sleep study, which is available at all major centers and TMH. Till now, the only treatment available was using a mask called CPAP mask, which pushes air forcefully into the nares of the person to keep him breathing.