MESA Study Chooses Home Sleep Testing System


December 6, 2010

December 6, 2010 – A new sleep study investigating the link between sleep disorders and cardiovascular disease will use the Somte PSG portable sleep-testing system, by Compumedics. The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) Sleep Study will focus on various ethnic and racial populations.

Susan Redline, M.D., MPH, senior investigator for the study and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, said the device was chosen because of its ability to record complex sleep studies in the home environment with acceptable participant burden.

Patients enrolled in the MESA Sleep Study will be monitored from the Reading Center located at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

“The Compumedics Somte PSG systems allow us to record all of the parameters of sleep and breathing that we need to evaluate and quantify abnormal sleep patterns but in the more natural environment of the patients’ homes,” Redline said. “The Somte PSG systems also have the ability to capture and analyze heart rhythm data related to the sleep and breathing patterns, which is very important in studying this population.”

The MESA was established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2000 with the aim of identifying ethnic and racial differences in risk factors and subclinical and clinical cardiovascular disease. This new MESA Sleep Study has been funded to further understand these risks.

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