Thursday, August 22, 2019

October 2 Proclaimed “Global Airway Health Day”

 

Last year I was asked to join the Board of the Foundation for Airway Health and I was truly honored by that.  I jumped at the chance to be involved with getting the word out about this terrible problem that affects a lot more people than many realize.  It was not anything that I had paid much attention to… until about 3-4 years ago when my lifelong battle with Obstructive Airway Disease was finally diagnosed. Suddenly my life changed remarkably for the better.

Without going into great detail (that’s going to be the subject of another post) I became incredibly interested in Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) so that I could help others.  There are a couple of ways to treat this disease.  One is the CPAP machine and the other is through the use of an oral appliance that opens the airway.  I truly felt blessed that my chosen profession could allow me to help others with the problem that I deal with.

That’s one of the reasons I was so honored to be asked to join the Board of the Foundation for Airway Health.  The foundation’s mission is to bring awareness about airway disease to the forefront so that people afflicted with the disease can learn more about it and seek treatment.  Trust me when I say being “sleepy” all of the time is no picnic.

One of the ways that FAH is working to increase public awareness is through creation of “Global Airway Health Day”.  Here is the press release our group developed:


Awareness Campaign Aims to Educate Public & Promote Diagnosis of Hidden Airway Disorder Affecting Millions of Adults and Children in the U.S.


Airway-centered Disorder (ACD) is a serious medical condition affecting at least 10% of the US population of all ages, yet remains highly underdiagnosed and misunderstood. ACD is a structural and functional condition that results in an obstruction of the upper airway, which in turn can affect the effort and ability to breathe 24 hours a day–especially during sleep. This disorder is often hidden behind the mask of common and various symptoms, presented as sleep problems, hyperactivity and behavioral problems in children, obesity, chronic headaches and neck pain.

To raise awareness of ACD, the Foundation for Airway Health with partners including health practitioners and concerned corporations, have declared October 2nd as “Global Airway Health Day,” to bring attention to this disorder and to promote a higher rate of proper diagnosis and treatment and in turn, a better quality of life. FAH encourages those with symptoms to ask their health care provider about potential ACD or visit www.airwayhealth.org to learn more about the condition and treatment options.

ACD can lead to an increased risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s and even cancer. Treatment of ACD can significantly reduce your risk and improve day-to-day life. When a person has optimal oxygen, the whole body works less hard to function properly.

Though often associated with older and obese men, ACD affects everyone, from women to teens, to kids and infants. ACD underlies and drives so many conditions and remains hidden beneath other diagnoses even when it is the root cause. Luckily, ACD already has effective treatment. The problem is that most sufferers do not know they have ACD. There is an easy solution; it begins with awareness and education. The Foundation for Airway Health’s mission is to educate people on the signs and symptoms of ACD and provide them with the knowledge and confidence to find doctors to get the most optimal diagnosis and treatment possible.

“ACD presents in many ways to various people. For parents, their child may exhibit behavioral or concentration issues. Arming parents with the knowledge to speak with their physician about ACD can be a life-changing event,” said Howard Hindin, Chairman, Foundation for Airway Health. “Getting the proper diagnosis for ACD is the first step. Once there, patients can begin a path to successful treatment.”

The Foundation for Airway Health is working with healthcare practitioners from around the world on education about ACD and the importance of optimal airway health for their patient’s well-being, as well as arming patients with knowledge in order to be their own advocate to achieve their maximum potential.
To view all the signs and symptoms related to Airway-centered Disorder, potential treatment options and to find a provider, visit www.airwayhealth.org

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