Broad impact of sleep disorders to be explored at free seminar Oct. 22

A free seminar on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, will provide information about medical conditions that can be affected by sleep disorders.

The seminar will be presented by Richard S. Goodstein, D.O., at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Ricketson Medical Building, 103 E. Mansion St. The event is being offered in conjunction with National Respiratory Care Week.

Untreated sleep disorders affect a wide variety of people, Goodstein said, and may lead to complications for people dealing with other issues, such as diabetes and depression. New worldwide research has revealed connections between sleep disorders and high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease, he said.

“There are a variety of sleep disorders,” Goodstein said, “and those disorders have significant impact on a variety of other multisystemic diseases.” In some cases, sleep issues can impact fertility and complications involving pregnancy, he said.

“Untreated sleep apnea will – without a doubt – make diabetes more difficult to control,” Goodstein said.

“We’re learning new things every year,” he said. “Because of this new research, I believe it’s possible to help a wider array of people and have a greater impact on the quality of their lives.”

The hour-long seminar will include a question-and-answer period. There is no cost to attend. To register, call (269) 789-0025

Goodstein, a pulmonologist with the Oaklawn Medical Group, is board-certified in internal medicine and pulmonology. He has been a member of Oaklawn’s medical staff since 2009.

Goodstein earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. He earned his medical degree from University of Health Sciences in Kansas City, Mo., and completed his residency in internal medicine at Flint Osteopathic Hospital.

The Oaklawn Sleep Center offers free sleep disorder screenings from 9 a.m. until noon on Tuesdays and from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays. Because no appointment or physician referral is required, the public and existing patients may stop by for a sleep-disorder screening, pulse, oxygen and blood pressure check, and C-PAP assistance. For more information about those services, call (269) 789-8134 or (888) 288-0854.

National Respiratory Care Week, Oct. 21-27, was established in 1982 and is sponsored by the American Association for Respiratory Care, and is dedicated to supporting professionals who live and breathe respiratory care every day. More information about National Respiratory Care Week is available at www.aarc.org/rcweek.

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