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Sleep apnoea to be studied at new specialist centre

Sleep apnoea to be studied at new specialist centre

Sleep apnoea, which has links to cardiomyopathy and heart failure, is to be studied and treated at a new dedicated sleep centre in London.

The sleeping disorder, characterised by pauses in breathing during sleep, is one of a range of sleeping problems to be investigated at a new £1.5m purpose built centre at the Royal Brompton Hospital.

The hospital has carried out sleep research for over 20 years, as well as offering assessment, diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of respiratory and sleep disorders.

Professor Anita Simonds, consultant in thoracic medicine, said that the new centre, with four dedicated rooms for studying people while they sleep,  would put the hospital at the cutting-edge of sleep treatment and research. She said: “It will mean that we can offer much swifter assessment, diagnosis and therapy to a greater number of patients with respiratory and sleep disorders.”

The centre’s specialist team of sleep clinicians, technicians, nurses and physiologists will treat patients with problems including sleep apnoea and sleep disorders in patients with conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, cystic fibrosis and neuromuscular disorders such as muscular dystrophy.

Sleep apnoea in adults causes excessive daytime sleepiness but symptoms may be present for many years without being identified as the sufferer may become adjusted to the fatigue it causes. 

The relationship between sleep apnoea and heart failure, for example in dilated cardiomyopathy patients, is two-way in many cases. It is common prevalent in patients with symptom-free heart dysfunction and severe symptomatic heart failure is often associated with episodes of sleep apnoea. It may increase the risk of some complications from the heart failure, such as arrhythmia, and contribute to some degree to disease progression.  

The link between sleep apnoea and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is unclear although some limited data has been published.

For more information about sleep apnoea in cardiomyopathy, see here

by CMA Manager on 16-Apr-13 16:11

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