October 2 Proclaimed “Global Airway Health Day”
Awareness Campaign Aims to Educate Public & Promote Diagnosis of Hidden Airway Disorder Affecting Millions of Adults and Children in the U.S.
NEW YORK (September 12, 2019) — Airway-centered Disorder (ACD) is a serious medical condition affecting at least 10% of the US population of all ages, yet remains highly underdiagnosed and misunderstood. ACD is a structural and functional condition that results in an obstruction of the upper airway, which in turn can affect the effort and ability to breathe 24 hours a day–especially during sleep. This disorder is often hidden behind the mask of common and various symptoms, presented as sleep problems, hyperactivity and behavioral problems in children, obesity, chronic headaches and neck pain.
To raise awareness of ACD, the Foundation for Airway Health with partners including health practitioners and concerned corporations, have declared October 2nd as “Global Airway Health Day,” to bring attention to this disorder and to promote a higher rate of proper diagnosis and treatment and in turn, a better quality of life. FAH encourages those with symptoms to ask their health care provider about potential ACD or visit www.airwayhealth.org to learn more about the condition and treatment options.
ACD can lead to an increased risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s and even cancer. Treatment of ACD can significantly reduce your risk and improve day-to-day life. When a person has optimal oxygen, the whole body works less hard to function properly.
Though often associated with older and obese men, ACD affects everyone, from women to teens, to kids and infants. ACD underlies and drives so many conditions and remains hidden beneath other diagnoses even when it is the root cause. Luckily, ACD already has effective treatment. The problem is that most sufferers do not know they have ACD. There is an easy solution; it begins with awareness and education. The Foundation for Airway Health’s mission is to educate people on the signs and symptoms of ACD and provide them with the knowledge and confidence to find doctors to get the most optimal diagnosis and treatment possible.
“ACD presents in many ways to various people. For parents, their child may exhibit behavioral or concentration issues. Arming parents with the knowledge to speak with their physician about ACD can be a life-changing event,” said Howard Hindin, Chairman, Foundation for Airway Health. “Getting the proper diagnosis for ACD is the first step. Once there, patients can begin a path to successful treatment.”
The Foundation for Airway Health is working with healthcare practitioners from around the world on education about ACD and the importance of optimal airway health for their patient’s well-being, as well as arming patients with knowledge in order to be their own advocate to achieve their maximum potential.
To view all the signs and symptoms related to Airway-centered Disorder, potential treatment options and to find a provider, visit www.airwayhealth.org.
About the Foundation for Airway Health:
Founded in 2012, the Foundation for Airway Health (FAH) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of Airway-centered Disorder to the general public, healthcare practitioners and the healthcare industry. Through its initiatives, FAH seeks to highlight the role airways play in overall health and well-being for all and educate clinicians to recognize this role and the importance of optimal airway physiology and sleep in the areas of health, development, performance and function. FAH also serves to help the public realize their maximum potential by championing the recognition, diagnosis and treatment of airway related disorders through collaboration, awareness, research and education.