Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Sleep Center Expands Services in Winsted

(Torrington, CT)  –  Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s Winsted-based Sleep Center has welcomed Natalya Thorevska, M.D., as its new Medical Director and is expanding its offerings to include more comprehensive sleep disorder-related studies and treatment.

Dr. Thorevska, who is board certified in sleep medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine, also serves as the Medical Director of the Hartford Hospital Sleep Disorder Center where her office is based. Treatment evaluation for sleep disorders in Winsted will be offered by Dr. Thorevska and three additional physicians from Hartford Hospital’s CT Multispecialty Group/Pulmonology including Jeffrey C. Nascimento, D.O., Edward L. Salerno, M.D., and Patrick J. Troy, M.D., each of whom is board certified in sleep medicine.

With its expanded services, the CHH Sleep Center will provide access to treatment for all sleep disorders, including cognitive behavior therapy for patients with insomnia, sleep study interpretations, including baseline sleep studies, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) studies, multiple sleep latency tests (MSLT) and maintenance of wakefulness tests (MWT).

A sleep clinic, planned to be opened in the near future, will offer daytime assessments for sleep-related disorders, including sleep apnea (obstructive, central and complex), insomnia, parasomnia, restless legs syndrome, sleep-related movement disorders, hypersomnias (narcolepsy, idiopathic hypersomnia) and circadian rhythm sleep disorders.

“Patients should seek help if they do not feel rested after sleeping, experience irregular breathing, snore loudly or have a headache when they wake up,” said Dr. Thorevska. “If a bed partner snores loudly or is restless, the person should be encouraged to see their physician.”

Dr. Thorevska noted that obstructive sleep apnea has been linked to cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure, heart attack, congestive heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias and stroke.

“Left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can lead to serious health consequences, including heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and fatigue-related accidents,” she said.

The CHH Sleep Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and features four patient rooms staffed by trained registered technologists who perform the sleep studies. The Center uses the Alice 5 Sleep Diagnostic System®, which continues to gain worldwide recognition for its advanced sleep analysis capabilities. Alice 5 helps facilitate a more efficient process for sleep technicians and generates more comprehensive data for the diagnosis of disorders. More than 500 overnight sleep studies are performed annually at the CHH Sleep Center .   Patients should be evaluated by their primary care physician prior to having a sleep study, and a physician’s referral is required. Most health insurance plans including Medicare cover sleep studies, which are recognized as standard medical diagnostic procedures.

The Sleep Center is located on the ground floor of the Winsted Health Center at 115 Spencer Street in Winsted. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 860-738-6620.   The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One-Thousand Employees, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.

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