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Often times when we can’t sleep or we feel tired throughout the day, there are common “quick fixes” which we use to help us fall asleep easier and give us an extra boost in the morning. However, some of these habits can often be detrimental to your sleep health, affecting you not just at night, but throughout the day as well.

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New research has found that the less we sleep in midlife, the faster our brains can decline and lead to cognitive impairment in old age.

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“What is happening in YOUR sleep?!? How can you really know? Ever thought of using a sleep app? There are some misunderstandings to what data is relevant when using sleep apps so understanding the limitations are IMPORTANT. "It is always recommended to follow up with a sleep study to be sure nothing is missed. “

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A diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) may raise the risk of osteoporosis, particularly among women or older individuals, according to a new study. OSA is a condition that causes brief interruptions in breathing during sleep. If left untreated, OSA can raise the risk for stroke, cardiovascular disease and heart attacks.  New research shows that OSA may also increase the risk of osteoporosis.

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Insomnia predisposes individuals to increased risk of stroke and this association is profound among young adults – up to eight times greater among insomniacs 18 to 34 years old.  The results of a recent study underscore the clinical importance of identifying and treating insomnia.

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Heavy drinking damages the body in many ways. In addition to liver failure, alcoholics are at a much greater risk of developing pneumonia and life threatening acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), for which there is no treatment. Researchers suspect that alcoholics are more susceptible to these lung diseases because the immune system in the lung is no longer strong enough to protect from infection and damage, but, it had been unclear why the immune system in the lung fails.

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Current trials

Patients needed for patent 1, patent 2 and chest clinical trials

PATENT 1, PATENT 2 and CHEST trials are currently underway at the Wesley Pulmonary Hypertension Unit and new patients are required.  We are trialing Riociuguat - a direct stimulator of the soluable Guanylate Cyclase which plays a significant role in the nitric oxide pathway and is intended for the treatment of PH. The trial is in association with Bayer and Wesley Research Institute.

In PATENT 1 & 2 trials, the patient can already be on therapy with an endothelin receptor antagonists (bosentan, sitaxentan or ambrisetan) or naïve to PAH therapy.

The CHEST trial is using the same agent for non-operable chronic thromboembolic disease related PAH.  (CTEPH)

We are accepting patients now for these trials by referral.

About The Wesley Pulmonary Hypertension Unit

The Wesley Pulmonary Hypertension Unit (WPHU) has established itself as one of the largest specialised treatment centres in Queensland.  In just 18 months of operation, the clinic has reviewed patients for treatment and have been actively enrolling patients into international clinical trials.  The treatment programs include monotherapy and combination treatments in keeping with the best available therapies for PAH.

Treatments Available

All PBS funded medications for monotherapy

Combination therapy – funded or via clinical trials

Clinical Trials with WRI

PATENT 1 and 2 trials

CHEST trial

Diagnostic Procedures

Cardiac Catherterisation
Nuclear imaging
MRI and CT
Echocardiograms
Complex Lung Testing CPET
Diagnostic Sleep Studies
6 MWT


The Wesley Pulmonary Hypertension Unit multidisciplinary team includes:

Dr John Feenstra
Thoracic and Sleep Physician
P:  (07) 3876 9033
F:  (07) 3871 3222
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Dr Andrew Scott
Thoracic and Sleep Physician
P:  (07) 3876 8405
F:  (07) 3870 3212
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Dr David Cross
Cardiologist
P:  (07) 3858 8600
F:   (07) 3870 4917
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Helen Woodhouse, CNC
WPHU Coordinator
P:  0404 650 281
F:  (07) 3871 3222
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