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More awareness of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea needed

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Meg Munn MP is calling for better awareness of the respiratory condition Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), as well as improved services to help diagnose and treat those affected by the condition. This followed a special parliamentary briefing she was given by the British Lung Foundation (BLF).

At the briefing Meg was given privileged advanced access to new analysis conducted by the BLF predicting that Sheffield Heeley constituency has higher than average rates of OSA. She has been campaigning for several years to improve the recognition of OSA in lorry drivers as an important means of reducing the number of road deaths and accidents. According to Department for Transport figures, fatigue was a contributory factor in 1,766 road deaths in 2010.

OSA is a respiratory condition that causes people to stop breathing repeatedly while asleep. It affects up to 4% of middle-aged men and 2% of middle-aged women, although up to 80% of those who have OSA are still undiagnosed. Symptoms of OSA include excessive daytime sleepiness, poor memory, inability to concentrate and irritability.

Untreated, OSA affects quality of life and ability to work, and is linked with high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, diabetes and depression. It also increases the risk of workplace accidents as well as serious and fatal road accidents.

Meg said:

“That Heeley is predicted to have higher than average rate of OSA has strengthened my resolve to continue campaigning for both greater awareness of the condition, and improved access to the diagnostic and treatment services needed by those affected.

OSA represents a major healthcare challenge in this country, as well as having an impact on issues such as road safety. It is time we all paid more attention to this condition.”

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