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Published on January 05, 2012

Doctor talks about health risks of untreated sleep apnea


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MONTEREY, Calif. — Dr. Shirley Dickinson, a specialist in sleep disorders, will talk about the health risks of untreated sleep apnea, including heart disease, during a session of Alert, Well, and Keeping Energized (AWAKE),  a free sleep apnea support group.

The talk is from 6:45-8:15 p.m. Monday, January 23 in the main conference rooms at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, 23625 Holman Highway, Monterey.

An estimated 12 million Americans have sleep apnea, a breathing disorder in which airflow is restricted or completely blocked. It occurs when the muscles relax during sleep, causing soft tissue in the back of the throat to collapse and block the upper airway.

AWAKE meetings are sponsored by Community Hospital's Sleep Disorders Center, accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. No registration is required. For more information, call 649-7210.




Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 205 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at

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