Mercy Clinic Pulmonology
100 Mercy Way, Suite 450
Get More ZZZs with Mercy Clinic Pulmonology
Did you know a good night’s sleep is just as important to health and wellness as a balanced diet and exercise?
Poor sleep can result in a number of health issues like reduced brain function, weight gain, increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
Dr. Festus Ndukwu is a pulmonologist with 12 years of experience treating sleep disorders.
Pulmonologists treat disorders and diseases of the respiratory system, including disorders that affect sleep. Dr. Ndukwu and the team at Mercy Clinic Pulmonology treat asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, COPD, emphysema, lung cancer and more.
According to Dr. Ndukwu, “We also treat patients with sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea as well as disorders like insomnia, hypersomnia and narcolepsy.”
Many sleep disorders are idiopathic, meaning the cause cannot be explained. Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common disorder Dr. Ndukwu treats, is caused, typically, by obesity. Sleep apnea is a disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. Those who snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night’s sleep may have sleep apnea. It is potentially serious, so Dr. Ndukwu said it’s important for those who think they may have the disorder to undergo sleep tests under the care of a pulmonologist.
“You have to be careful with sleep disorders,” Dr. Ndukwu said. “There are a lot of complications associated with loss of sleep at night. People can fall asleep at the wheel and get in accidents. Lack of sleep can lead to coronary artery diseases like hypertension and strokes as well as metabolic syndromes like glucose intolerance.”
Patients with sleep disorders who seek treatment from Mercy Clinic Pulmonology are in good hands.
“Not only do our patients receive trusted, evidence-based treatment for sleep disorders, all of our physicians are very compassionate and strive to deliver the best quality care to every single patient,” said Dr. Ndukwu.
Call Mercy Pulmonology at 417.556.8377 to discuss an appointment.