New York Doctor Calls for Universal Sleep Apnea Screening

A New York City physician argues that every American should undergo screening for obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that afflicts about 18 million people, if not more.

New York, NY, November 01, 2009 --( The National Transportation and Safety Board’s recommendations for routine sleep apnea screening for airline pilots and others operating multiple passenger vehicles is a good start, but a New York City physician argues that every American should undergo screening for a condition that afflicts about 18 million people. While we screen for prostate cancer, which is found in .001% of men, we don’t screen for sleep apnea, which is found in 24% of men. Yet, sleep apnea is more deadly than prostate cancer.

“It’s estimated that 80-90% of people with OSA are not diagnosed in this country,” says Dr. Steven Y. Park, an ear, nose, throat physician and Clinical Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at the New York Medical College, who specializes in diagnosing and treating sleep-related breathing problems. "It’s been shown that sleep apnea can cause or aggravate anxiety, depression, diabetes, weight gain, high blood pressure, sexual dysfunction, heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. We should screen everyone for this condition.”

Dr. Park provides some more frightening statistics:

• 24% percent of all middle-aged men and 9% of women have obstructive sleep apnea.
• This figure goes up to 55% for seniors in their 70s and 80s.
• Sleep apnea increases your risk of heart attack by 2-3 times, and for stroke, 3-4 times.
• Your overall risk of dying increases by 46% (you’ll die 20 years earlier)
• Untreated sleep apnea raises your risk of car accidents by 3 to 10 times normal
• You don’t have to snore or be overweight to have sleep apnea.

Dr. Steven Y. Park is the author of the book, Sleep, Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired. He has a unique and unconventional perspective on sleep and health issues which your audience will find useful, if not life changing. To interview Dr. Park, call (917) 991-0621, or email him at

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