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Transforming HealtHcare Don’t Get Out of Bed GMC transforms the traditional sleep study with a device you wear at home F 19 signs You might need a sleep study • Excessive sleepiness or fatigue during the day The Apnea Risk Evaluation System, a wireless device that records data during sleep, allows patients to be tested for sleep disorders at home. or years, Gwinnett Medical Center’s Center for Sleep Disorders, with sleep labs in both Lawrenceville and Duluth, have met the highest standards as set forth by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Patients receive the sleep studies they need in a safe and professional environment. Now there’s a new option for qualified patients—using Watermark Medical’s Apnea Risk Evaluation System (ARES) at home. “A thorough, quality sleep study with physicians who are board-certified in sleep medicine can uncover health issues in addition to sleep apnea,” says Gregory L. Mauldin, M.D., medical director of GMC’s Center for Sleep Disorders. “While the ARES device is a great resource for many people, we also conduct in-house studies for patients who need additional monitoring, such as for limb movement or an EKG [electrocardiogram] on the heart.” The ARES wireless physiological recorder is worn on the forehead, and its small size makes it comfortable in all sleep positions. ARES can acquire and store up to three nights’ worth of nocturnal data, including blood oxygen saturation, pulse rate, airflow, snoring levels, head movement and head position. Audio and visual indicators notify the user when the device requires adjustment for increased data reliability. Any doctor can refer a patient for a sleep study. Pre-study consultations are required at • Never feeling rested/always tired • Choking, gasping or pauses in breath during sleep • Restless sleep • Snoring • Morning headache • High blood pressure • Diabetes • Atrial fibrillation • Cardiac arrhythmias • Large neck size (greater than 17” in men, greater than 16” in women) • Crowded airway • Sexual dysfunction • Frequent urination at night • Poor judgment or concentration • Irritability • Memory loss • Depression • Obesity Ask your doctor if a referral for a sleep study—whether at home or in GMC’s sleep lab—is right for you. For more information on the Center for Sleep Disorders, or to schedule a sleep study, call 678-312-3695 or visit Schedule a Sleep Study. Call Today either GMC–Lawrenceville or GMC–Duluth. During the consultation, a sleep lab technician asks a few questions of the patient, plays a short video showing the study process and is available to answer questions about the study. Results from studies conducted in GMC’s sleep lab and at home are read by one of GMC’s highly trained sleep specialists. The staff at GMC works to make the process as efficient and easy as possible. If health or physical issues require special accommodation, the technician can make the necessary arrangements. The National Sleep Foundation estimates that 18 million Americans have sleep disorders, and help is as close as Gwinnett Medical Center. 56 Vim & Vigor • SuM M er 2 012 CALL

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Summer 2012 - Gwinnett Medical Center

Vim & Vigor - Summer 2012 - Gwinnett Medical Center
Phil’s Feature
Good as New
With Open Hearts
The Breakfast Club
Arthritis Answers
A TV Guide to Radiology
Take Aim
It Might NOT Be Cancer
Colin Firth
Step Up to the Plate
Life After Cancer
Get Dad to the Doc
Virtual Health
PrimeTime Health
Half the Man He Was
Have a Happy Birth Day
Out of the White Coat
Transforming Healthcare

Vim & Vigor - Summer 2012 - Gwinnett Medical Center