A potentially serious sleep disorder which is known as sleep apnea causes patients to repeatedly stop and start breathing. Patients that snore loudly and wake up tired even after a full night’s sleep can consider themselves as candidates for sleep apnea. People who suspect they could be suffering from this problem should have a discussion with their doctor and consider undergoing sleep apnea diagnosis at home which will prove beneficial to them. Testing patients sleep apnea at home is also convenient for the cardiologist who receives the results of the testing instantly. Therefore it can be confirmed that the portable devices which are presently available are proving to be beneficial for all parties.
Approximately 50 to 70 million adults in the US suffer from a sleep disorder with obstructive sleep apnea be one of the most prevalent sleep disorders among people. 3 to 7% of men and 2 to 5% of women are suffering from the problem of sleep apnea. It is estimated that over 100 million people worldwide suffer from this problem. These figures confirm that the condition is widespread but is likely underdiagnosed either because of the lack of appropriate techniques for the diagnosis or just plain ignorance on the part of the patient. The cost of undergoing a sleep apnea test could also be a deterrent which could be holding patients back from undergoing the test.
Testing for sleep apnea by a home sleep monitor, despite being available was a cumbersome process which subject of the patient to discomfort because of the many intrusive tubes and wires that were attached to the body. The cost of the diagnosis was expensive even when the patient’s insurance covered part of the costs. Patients had to spend thousands of dollars for the test leading to high deductibles from the insurance company. The tests were conducted in a sleep clinic that was located some distance away from the patient. There was also a delay in receiving the results that were concerning for patients that are facing an accelerated deterioration of their condition.
Testing patients sleep apnea at home allowed physicians and patients to freedom to overcome the problems they normally encountered at a sleep clinic. While the in lab sleep clinic is still considered as the gold standard more and more insurance carriers are presently approving a home sleep apnea test as the first line of diagnosis for patients that have a high pretest probability of the condition of obstructive sleep apnea. Patients are not required to spend large sums of money on deductibles leaving them with lower out of pocket expenses. The diagnosis can be undergone in a family environment and sleep apnea diagnosis at home does not subject the patient to the discomfort of having numerous wires and tubes attached to the body.
Sleep apnea diagnosis at home is conducted with the WatchPat device which can be wrist mounted and is considered an ideal solution for cardiologists who can focus on improving the outcomes of their patient’s health-related quality of life and also expand their service portfolio by including the speedy diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea.
Patients no longer have to drive long distances to the sleep clinic, can undergo the diagnosis for sleep apnea from a comfortable environment, save a significant sum of money which they would otherwise have paid as deductibles to insurance companies, receive results of the test within a short time and begin treatment for their condition without delaying it simply because they do not prefer going to a sleep clinic. Undergoing sleep apnea diagnosis at home is proving beneficial both for patients as well as physicians and is, therefore, becoming the preferred method for diagnosing this condition.