Heart Council Hosts Seminar on Sleep Apnea

Dr. Frank Ralls

LAHC News:

Do you snore? Does your partner complain of your loud and chronic snoring? Do you wake yourself from a snore choking or gasping for air?

These occurrences may indicate a sleeping disorder called sleep apnea, where a person has one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while asleep. This sleep disruption increases risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity and diabetes. 

“Understanding Obstructive Sleep Apnea,” a seminar sponsored by the Los Alamos Heart Council, is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr. in Los Alamos. The program is free to the public and nurses and allied health professionas will be awarded 1.5 CE contact hours. 

Dr. Frank Ralls, assistant professor of internal medicine, medical director of Adult Sleep Medinice Services and program director of Sleep Medicine Fellowship of the University of New Mexico will speak on the topic. 

Dr. Ralls will address these topics:

  • Understanding the meaning of an apnea hypopnea index (AHI);
  • Understanding co-morbidities associated with untreated obstructive sleep apnea; and
  • Understanding how sleep apnea affects childrean and knowing the signs and symptoms of untreated sleep apnea. 

The program begins at 5:15 p.m. with a light supper courtsey of the Los Alamos Heart Council. The seminar is 6-7:30 p.m., including a question and answer session. Door prizes will be presented.

To register for the seminar, call the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service at 505.662.2656 or register at www.LosAlamosHeartCouncil.org

For meal planning purposes, preregister by Friday, Feb. 21. For more information, call 505.662.2656.