Philips Pledges to Screen 1-M People for Critical Sleep Disorders

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Philips Pledges to Screen 1-M People for Critical Sleep Disorders


Are you snoring? Beware: it is one of the key signs of a common sleep disorder, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which may lead to serious diseases, including heart disease or diabetes.

In an effort to help OSA sufferers identify and treat the disorder, Royal Philips Electronics yesterday announced it will screen one million people worldwide for OSA over the next five years, out of which 150,000 will be from Asia Pacific (excluding China)

This year's theme - "Good Sleep, Healthy Aging" - aligns with Philips' commitment to serve as an ally in better sleep and breathing for different age groups.

Philips' pledge, consistent with its stated commitment to improve access to healthcare and save lives, will include screening across Asia, North America and Europe. The campaign uses an online risk assessment which can be found at www.areyousnoring.com. Individuals who have symptoms or believe they may be at-risk are encouraged to take the online risk assessment test. Upon completion, it will provide their risk level for OSA and encourage follow up with their healthcare provider or physicians.

"There are three important steps to helping individuals with obstructive sleep apnea: awareness, diagnosis and treatment. Each is integral to improving the sleep quality and overall health of individuals around the world. Obstructive sleep apnea depletes health from its patients and puts them on a path to potential life-threatening diseases," said Arjen Radder, President, Asia Pacific, Philips Healthcare. "It is our goal to use our innovative solutions to help obstructive sleep apnea patients recognize and fight this grave disorder. …

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