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Heart disease, sleep apnea, and the Darth Vader mask too?
- By Stuart Quan, MD, Contributing Editor
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Thanks. I didn’t know that.
Since no one wants to wear a Darth Vader mask, why isn’t anyone talking about the new treatment that uses an electrical implant?
I was diagnosed with OSA after a sleep study where hundreds of apenas were recorded. When I started with CPAP, I noticed the change immediately. I went from all-day tiredness after seven hours sleep to waking refreshed after five hours.
I have been using a CPAP machine every night for fifteen years, including travel. At times, I’ve had problems with mask air leaks, which have triggered rhinitis flare-ups. But, masks and equipment have gotten better. The main issue is maintaining timely mask and filter cleaning or replacement. Suppliers now prompt for scheduled reorders. During the interim, I clean or replace accessories, and use a room air purifier. Exhaust from the hose disturbs my wife. But, it’s better than snoring.
Is there a link between a head trauma and sleep apnea.
secondly is there a link between PTSD and sleep apnea
Compliance with CPAP is hard – plenty of evidence to show that many don’t comply. Noise and discomfort can itself disturb sleep, making it lighter, as well as disturbing a partner. We think that our technology could help compliance and help partners to sleep through disturbance. We’d love to work with people who would like to test that hypotheses. We developed the Zeez Sleep Pebble – don;t be deceived by its apparent simplicity – it is a sophisticated device and deserves to be be tested.
This study does nothing other than show that if you have OSA and don’t wear CPAP as you should it won’t prevent heart disease. The treatment group was nonadherent.
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