Sunday, May 1, 2011

Incident at a sleep study

We all know that sleep apnea can be dangerous. Lack of sleep can be problematic for the body and the mind. Lack of sleep can also cause accidents on the road due to a low energy level. Your productivity level  greatly drops due to sleep apnea which can be damaging to your career. Mood changes and even depression can be brought on by sleep apnea. It is also well know the heart can be adversely affected by the lack of oxygen in your blood system. This can really be scary if you or your partner has sleep apnea. Oddly enough an incident occurred at a sleep study where a young man died of a heart attack during a sleep study.

According to com “Brandon Harris, 25, died in January 2010 after his mother enrolled him at the Emory Sleep Center to see if he suffered from sleep apnea. Harris was overweight, mentally challenged and had congestive heart failure.” This is a terrible tragedy that you hate to hear about. Right now there is a lawsuit pending by the young man’s family.

This is probably the first time I have ever heard of something like this happening. I think that it is important to remember that this case is out of the ordinary and that it is still safe to have a sleep study done. I have had many sleep studies and the sleep techs were very professional and kept a good eye on me. Another thing to take from this case is to make sure to let the folks working at the sleep clinic know if you are having any problems at all.

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