Regis Philbin Has Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Regis Philbin, the well-known talk show celebrity, just announced on The View that he is using CPAP for his newly diagnosed obstructive sleep apnea. It’s also known that he has heart disease and has undergone heart bypass surgery in the past.

 

With all the known cause and effect links between untreated sleep apnea and heart disease, it’s appalling that not every person with heart disease is screened for obstructive sleep apnea. Yes, routine overnight sleep studies are cumbersome and expensive, but there are much more convenient and inexpensive ways to screen for people at high risk. 

 

For example, in the long distance trucking industry, certain companies have started routine screening protocols which has been shown to dramatically cut down accident rates and sustained injuries. Unfortunately, not all trucking companies have instituted such policies. Regulatory government agencies are now working on some kind of mandatory screening program. 

 

More recently, both the captain and the copilot of a Hawaiian commuter jet  reportedly fell asleep and lost contact with the local air control center for about 20 minutes. The captain was eventually found to have undiagnosed severe obstructive sleep apnea.

 

It would be nice if the celebrities that have obstructive sleep apnea can use their star status to spread the message about the importance of looking for sleep apnea first if you have hypertension, heart disease, or depression.

 

Rosie O’ Donnell revealed the fact that she’s also on CPAP, and the general public got more educated. If we can get more famous talk show celebrities (Oprah?) to wake up to their undiagnosed sleep-breathing problem, we can save countless more lives.

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2 thoughts on “Regis Philbin Has Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  1. If Oprah would reveal that she has OSA (and she most likely does), can you imagine the publicity that would be generated from it? She could almost single-handedly wipe out OSA in this country.

    If Regis were truly informed, he could make a big difference, but I don’t think he has a clue as to the true nature of the disease nor the potential influence he could have on his age group (i.e., old folks like me).

  2. Simple, Effective, Non Moribund Correction of OSA

    So much confusion exists in the world of obstructive sleep apnea because ENTs have gone off course in the surgical treatment of OSA. And the 5 year continuance rate for the cumbersome CPAP apparatus is but 55% in the very worse cases.

    Kerry Olsen MD at the Mayo had it pegged way back in 1980….forget about the painful, counterproductive UPPP and adult tonsillectomy. Instead concentrate on the side wall structures in the nose (inferior turbinates) and partially resect same. No electrocautery, lasers, radiofrequency reduction, please!

    And evaluate the width of the upper dental arch and correct same non surgically (up to age 30)…see G Meredith, D Timms and l Gray about this.

    OSA doctors almost always fail to CAT scan the nasal vault/upper dental arch, fail to measure the width of the upper dental arch with a simple aluminum ruler, place way too much emphasis on soft palate operative procedures. And often just throw their hands up in frustration….all because they failed to critically review the literature re: the above mentioned.

    And the health insurance companies compound this OSA doctor poorly researched UPPP/orthognathic surgery approach. Paying handsomely for more for complex, painful, counterproductive UPPP and the sometimes dangerous orthognathic surgical approaches to OSA. And by, instead, paying just peanuts for PRIT (partial resection of the intranasal sidewall structures/inferior turbinates) and RME (non surgical expansion of the upper dental arch/nasal vault). What a shame!

    To learn more go to George Meredith MD on Amazon “Your Childs Airway and Dentofacial Development” a $9.99 Kindle read. And wait for my soon to be published eBook…”On Improving Obstructive Sleep Apnea Surgery”. $9.

    Included is an important section on revision of failed UPPP operations. Analysis and simple non moribund corrections.

    George Meredith MD
    1604 Dendron Drive
    Virginia Beach, VA 23451

    To learn more go to George Meredith MD on Amazon “Your Childs Airway and Dentofacial Development” a $9.99 Kindle read. And wait for my soon to be published eBook…”On Improving Obstructive Sleep Apnea Surgery”. $9.

    Included is an important section on revision of failed UPPP operations. Analysis and simple non moribund corrections.

    George Meredith MD
    1604 Dendron Drive
    Virginia Beach, VA 23451