The Sleep Disorders Center at Heart Hospital of Austin is an advanced institution that brings together leaders in sleep medicine and heart disease to help diagnose and treat these deadly and related diseases.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common form of diagnosed sleep disorders. OSA occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat relax, resulting in a narrowed or closed airway. When the body is no longer breathing, blood oxygen levels are significantly reduced, which can result in damage to a person’s heart and blood vessels.
Studies show that OSA has a direct, hazardous effect on heart health.
Patients with untreated sleep apnea may be more likely to have:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Coronary artery disease
- Atrial fibrillation
- Congestive heart failure
- Sudden cardiac arrest
The Sleep Disorders Center has two convenient lab locations in Central and Northwest Austin. If you feel that you suffer from a sleep disorder, have a discussion with your doctor or call 512.407.REST to learn more about the Sleep Disorder's Center at Heart Hospital of Austin.