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Lenoir Memorial Sleep Center

Since 1998, Lenoir Memorial Hospital and Sleep Services of America, a sleep service provider with over 20 years experience in the field of sleep medicine, and the 2005 Recipient of the Frost & Sullivan Sleep Service Provider Industry Innovation and Advancement Award, began providing sleep studies to the community served by Lenoir Memorial Hospital.

The lab has recently been relocated into new facilities near the Minges Wellness Center.  These facilites partner the latest in technology with professional staff and a comfortable attractive environment.  Sleep is a basic human need, as important for good health as diet and exercise. When we sleep, our bodies rest but our brains are active. Sleep lays the groundwork for a productive day ahead. Over the last few years more and more attention has been given to sleep disorders. Even in the more recent news with the tragic death of pro football star Reggie White, we are beginning to see just how many people are affected with sleep disorders. The National Sleep Foundation in 2004 estimated that a lack of sleep costs American employers more than $18 billion annually in lost productivity. At least 100,000 police reported crashes and 1,500 deaths a year are attributed to drowsy driving. Sleep deprivation has also been linked to health problems such as diabetes, congested heart failure, and high blood pressure.

The most common sleep disorder is sleep apnea. Listen to how a sleep study patient described her sleep apnea. “The silence, I’m told, is way worse than the snoring. In the middle of the night, you go quiet for a while. Your chest heaves. Nothing happens. Your body tries again. Still nothing happens. Then, if you’re lucky, your brain kicks in and sends out the alarm: without oxygen, it will starve. So your reflexes get your body to rouse; there’s a snuffling, wheezing and then a big intake of breath. And then back to normal breathing – or more snoring – until the cycle starts again. And all the while, you’re fast asleep, blissfully unaware that anything is going on. “That is called sleep apnea. It happens when your nasal passages or throat gets blocked during sleep and your breathing is badly interrupted. It’s often, but not always, correlated with carrying too much weight, and it occurs more in men than women. It can occur in children of all ages, and has been linked to children with ADD. Unfortunately, most who have it, have no idea they do.

If you suffer from daytime drowsiness, nodding off in the afternoon, been told you have a snoring problem, or wake up restless and tired, you should talk to your physician. You may need to be a sleep disorder patient and not aware of it. There is help available for sleep disorders. Don’t wait till it’s to late for you to get help. See your doctor today to see if you are a candidate for a sleep study.

 
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Affordable Care Act and Healthcare Marketplace

Lenoir Memorial plays a vital role in educating uninsured patients about their coverage options and helping them navigate the Marketplace.  There are several ways to apply for health coverage.  You can apply online using a laptop or desktop computer.  (You may not be able to complete the application using a smartphone or tablet.)  You can also fill out a paper application, apply over the telephone or apply in person at certain sites.  Find out more about the different ways to apply here.  Certified Application Counselors (CAC) are available within Lenoir Memorial to educate consumers and aid them in completing an application for coverage.   If you have questions or wish to set up an appointment, you may contact Terrence Body, social worker at 252-522-7977, a patient accounts counselor at 252-522-7000 or call 800-318-8596 at any time of day, seven days a week.  Or visit HealthCare.gov.

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Advances in Cholesterol Management

Dr. Vikram Gahlot from Kinston Cardiology Associates wil speak about cholesterol management.  Learn more about the new American Heart Association cholesterol treatment guidelines and the goal to help people live longer, healthier lives. There have been advances in medications and you may want to learn more about how cardiologists evaluate and better treat high cholesterol levels these days.  Make sure you are not stuck in the old mindset of treatment.  Free to the public and sponsored by the McCain Heart Center. 

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Metabolic Syndrome - How does it affect the heart?

Dr. Kirollos from Kinston Cardiology Associates will speak on, large waistlines, high triglycerides, low HDL, blood pressure, and blood sugar and how these issues can relate to the metabolic conditions in your body and especially your heart.  Learn how to prevent or delay dangerous metabolic syndrome and heart problems by learning important characteristics and stategies of self-care. Fee to the public and sponsored by the McCain Heart Center.

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Heart Healthy Heart at Every Size

Lisa Alphin, RN, BS, ES and program director of Cardiac Rehabilitation will present on this interesting topic.  Lisa will emphasize an approach to being healthier through supporting individuals and families for positive health behaviors that include healthy minds, exercise and eating healthy.  A weight-neutral approach steers away from weight-focused barometers of success that can lead to frustration, perceptions of failure and negative overall results.  Improving health includes embracing different body shapes and sizes and focusing on personal practices to improve overall well-being. Free to public and sponsored by the McCain Heart Center.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease

Dr. Rob Gallaher, Lenoir Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, will present this informative talk about Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  Sometimes snoring can get a little annoying, especially for someone listening to it.  But when a snorer repeatedly stops breathing for brief moments, it can lead to cardiovascular problems and be potentially life-threatening.  Dr. Gallaher will make the link between sleep apnea and heart problems and help attendees find solutions. This program requires no registration, is free to the public, and sponsored by the McCain Heart Center.

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Do You Have Low T?

Dr. Lee Cox, Lenoir Urology, will discuss what testosterone is and why it declines over time.  He will inform attendees about common symptoms of lowering testosterone levels includinging fatigue, weakness, loss of sex drive.  Find out what tests can be done to measure it and treatments.

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