Bassetlaw: OSA rate is high in district

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A new study published in the medical journal Thorax has predicted that relative rates of the common sleep-related respiratory condition ‘obstructive sleep apnoea’ (OSA) in Bassetlaw are amongst the highest five per cent in the country.

The research, conducted by the British Lung Foundation with clinicians from Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London, showed that while large urban areas in England and Scotland, and counties to the west of London, had the lowest predicted prevalence of OSA, Bassetlaw was amongst a number of areas with high predicted OSA prevalence.

OSA is linked with a range of serious health concerns including stroke, heart disease, depression, diabetes and high blood pressure when left undiagnosed and untreated. It can also significantly affect quality of life and ability to work

Dr Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, said: “With our research predicting rates of OSA prevalence in Bassetlaw to be amongst the highest in the country, it is important that local residents take care to look for the symptoms of OSA in themselves or partners. These symptoms are the triple S – snoring, struggling to breathe whilst asleep, and sleepiness during the day.”