Health Page Archive: Pulmonology/Sleep Medicine

Link Between Sleep Problems and Depression

Depression and sleep disorders are closely linked. In some cases, depression can cause problems with sleep, and in others, certain sleep disorders can contribute to depression. “One of the many purposes of sleep is to restore you,” says Michael T. Jedlinski, MD, FACP, internal medicine physician, ...
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Stay Awake with Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder that causes overwhelming daytime drowsiness. About 200,000 persons in the U.S. have the excessive and uncontrollable urge to sleep during the day. In addition to excessive daytime sleepiness, persons with narcolepsy may experience hallucinations and cataplexy, the sudden loss of ...
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Bronchial Thermoplasty Treats Asthma

People who suffer from severe asthma symptoms that significantly impact their quality of life may benefit from bronchial thermoplasty (BT) treatment at Saint Francis Medical Center. BT is a minimally invasive procedure that has been clinically proven to reduce asthma exacerbations. “Most people with asthma are ...
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Periodic Limb Movement Disorder Happens While Sleeping

Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMS) occurs when your legs involuntarily move while sleeping. It can cause significant problems with nighttime sleep, which in turn leads to daytime drowsiness. “PLMS can be the result of an underlying condition, such as diabetes, anemia, or a spinal cord injury, ...
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Sleep Apnea Causes Health Problems

If you frequently snore and experience daytime drowsiness, you may suffer from sleep apnea. There are three different types of sleep apnea: Obstructive sleep apnea is when your airway becomes blocked during sleep. Central sleep apnea is when your brain does not signal the muscles ...
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Learn About Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a brain disorder that causes persons to have poor control over sleep-wake cycles throughout the day. Someone with narcolepsy may experience daytime drowsiness or suddenly fall asleep during work, school or another part of the day. At Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Sleep Disorders Center, ...
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Smoking Causes COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a condition that makes it difficult for you to breathe. Cigarette smoking is the cause of the majority of COPD cases. “Emphysema occurs when the lung is destroyed by smoke,” says W. Keith Graham, MD, D-ABSM, pulmonologist/sleep medicine physician, Saint ...
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Pulmonologist Joins Saint Francis

For Anand Venkata, MD, pulmonologist and critical care physician, Saint Francis Medical Partner, living in the Cape Girardeau area is a big change from the East Coast, where he trained as a physician. But he has quickly adapted to the area. “The people here have been ...
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Pulmonary Rehabilitation Helps With Shortness of Breath

If you suffer from chronic respiratory disease and frequently experience shortness of breath, your doctor may give you a referral for pulmonary rehabilitation. “Conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be limiting, but you can still lead a full life when you learn how ...
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Restless Legs Syndrome Can Impair Sleep

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a disorder in which a person experiences a “creepy-crawly” feeling in his or her legs and has an irresistible urge to move them — most often when lying or sitting down. It is considered a sleep disorder because it can ...
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