For the past 25 years, the primary treatment for people with obstructive sleep apnea has been the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, an air pump device that continuously blows air into a hose connected to a sleeper’s face or nasal mask. A new, less cumbersome device, the Provent microvalve now provides an easy-to-use FDA-approved alternative that reduces the need for all that gear. With Provent, users wear a small microvalve over their nostrils, which redirects air through small holes without the need for an air pump. Glenn Adams, MD, medical director of Sarasota Memorial’s Sleep Disorders Centers, is one of three providers in Florida approved to evaluate patients for Provent. For information, call (941) 917-8772.
Did you know that snoring and sleep apnea are both risk factors for heart disease? Learn more by watching April’s featured video on Sarasota Memorial’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/user/smhcs
Join Robert Frimmel, DPM, podiatric surgeon and medical advisor for Sarasota Memorial Healthplex, 12-1 pm April 13 for a free seminar on common runner injuries and simple prevention strategies and treatments. The presentation will be held at the Healthplex in Sarasota Memorial's Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd. (off Clark Road). Information: (941) 917-7000.
Join cardiologist Chippy Nalluri, MD, 4:30-5:30 pm April 21 for a free seminar at Healthplex in Sarasota Memorial's Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd. (off Clark Road). Information: (941) 917-7000.
The local March for Babies – a 4-mile March of Dimes walk to raise awareness and help prevent birth defects and premature babies – will be held 8 am April 24 at J.D. Hamel Park (corner of Gulfstream & Marina Jack Plaza). Registration begins at 6:30 am. Call (813) 287-2600 or visit marchforbabies.org.
Join Sarasota Memorial dietitians and fitness professionals for free monthly nutrition and fitness education classes. Upcoming classes include: Know Your Fitness Numbers, 5-6 pm April 5, Sarasota Memorial Healthplex classroom A/B; Know Your Fitness Numbers, 7:30-8:30 am April 8, Sarasota Memorial Hospital conference room 3C; Lowering Lipids – Foods that Fight, 7:30-8:30 am May 4, Sarasota Memorial Hospital conference room 3C, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Please RSVP: (941) 917-2090.
Free community presentation by John Oldham, MD, president of the American Psychiatric Association, 1-3 pm May 8, Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail. Two CEUs available for qualified professionals for $10 fee. Please RSVP: mhcci.com or (941) 953-3477.
If you feel troubled by personal or professional challenges in your life, and would like to find a safe and supportive environment to help you work through those difficulties, Women in Transition may be just what you are looking for. Facilitated by Kasy Kane and Miriam Lacher, licensed mental health counselors, Women in Transition meets 5:30-7 pm each Wednesday. The group shares insights to help women resolve conflicts in personal relationships and promote healthier choices in daily life. Information: (941) 917-1779.