42

million American adults have some type of sleep apnea

71%

of Americans are getting less than 8 hours of sleep at night

49%

of atrial fibrillation patients have obstructive sleep apnea

70%

of all type 2 diabetes patients also suffer from sleep apnea

Virginia Heart is dedicated to our patients overall health and wellness. There are many contributing factors that impact a patient's heart health. Lack of sleep, poor quality of sleep, and sleep apnea are strongly associated with increased risks for heart disease as well as other serious conditions.

Advanced Sleep Program

The Sleep Center at Virginia Heart is defined by patient-centered, compassionate care using quality driven treatment plans carried out by experienced and diversified sleep specialists. Our goal is to empower the Virginia Heart Sleep patient with the tools and education necessary to be an advocate for their own care and to partner with our specialists to form a care plan that will follow and adapt with them through life.

State of the Art Sleep Testing

There are many different tests your physician may recommend you have done. The most common test to diagnose a sleep condition is a sleep study. We have two state-of-the-art, comfortable, sleep center locations in Fairfax (Merrifield) and Loudoun, Virginia. Our rooms come with internet access, cable TV and access to a private bathroom with shower. We also perform home sleep testing out of our Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun offices.

The Impact Sleep has on your Cardiovascular Health

A good night's sleep is good for your heart! According to a 2011 study by the American Heart Association, poor sleep quality is linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure, which is a potential cause of heart disease. Poor sleep quality puts stress on all of our systems and if left untreated, can cause a number of health issues. It is also felt that sleeping too little can cause disruptions in underlying health conditions like blood pressure and inflammation, which are leading causes of heart disease.

Durable Medical Equipment for Sleep Medicine

Virginia Heart is committed to providing the latest equipment available on the market to fit your specific needs. The golden standard for the treatment of sleep apnea is Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) therapy. Even with normal use and maintenance, PAP equipment should be replaced regularly in order to avoid mask leaks, discomfort, and upper airway infections that could lead to poor compliance. If you are an experienced patient or new to the therapy, we are here to provide the support needed in order for you to be successful with your PAP therapy.

Common Questions

  • How does sleep impact your overall heart health?

    Sleep is essential for a healthy heart. According to a 2011 study by the American Heart Association, poor sleep quality is linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure, which is a potential cause of heart disease. Poor sleep quality puts stress on all of our systems and if left untreated, can cause a number of health issues. It is also felt that sleeping too little can cause disruptions in underlying health conditions like blood pressure and inflammation, which are leading causes of heart disease. Given this important connection between a good night's sleep and a healthy heart, the Sleep Center at Virginia Heart offers comprehensive sleep disorder diagnosis, treatment and monitoring. 

  • Where are the sleep studies performed? 

    Virginia Heart has two state of the art, comfortable, sleep center locations in Fairfax and Loudoun, Virginia. Our rooms come with internet access, cable TV, and access to a private bathroom with a shower. 

  • What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea? 

    Many of the patients we diagnose and treat have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA is a common condition in which the flow of air pauses during breathing while you sleep because the airway has become blocked.  It is caused by the relaxation of muscles in the upper throat in people who have a narrow airway which results in a blocked airway. 

  • What is Central Sleep Apnea?

    Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) occurs when your brain does not send the proper signals to the group of muscles that control your breathing.  A few central apneas may be normal as you fall asleep but are considered abnormal when they happen frequently.  Much like Obstructive Sleep Apnea, these apneas can disturb your sleep and cause drops in your oxygen levels.

CPAP

Durable Medical Equipment

To schedule an appointment with our durable medical equipment (DME) team, please call 703-621-4503, option 2, then 4, then 1.

For any DME troubleshooting please email DMESupport@tcg.md and your request will be answered within 1 business day. 

For DME billing questions please call , option 2, then 4, then 4.

 

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Curt's Story- Sleep Apnea

Curt Boatman feels most at home in the skies. A commercial airline pilot, his career has taken him all over the world experiencing new cultures and adventures. But his career could have been cut short earlier this year when Curt was diagnosed with sleep apnea.