CPAP for Sleep Apnea

CPAP for Sleep Apnea – Effectiveness of CPAP Therapy

A majority of cases of sleep apnea cases go undiagnosed for long periods of time in America, which scientists and researchers have linked to increased risk of heart disease and stroke among other health issues. Diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea is essential for overall health. Treatment options for sleep apnea are generally BiPap or CPAP masks, which allow continuous air to flow through airways and prevent apneas throughout the night.

A new study featured in the Journal of Neurophysiology “highlights the effectiveness of CPAP treatment in reducing one of the most significant health issues [heart disease] associated with obstructive sleep apnea.”

Australian researchers conducted the study and say their biggest takeaway was the finding that CPAP treatment reduced the nerve activity issues by restoring the brain stem function to normal. While the study was small with just 13 sleep apnea participants, the results were significant. Participants were evaluated before the study and again after six months of CPAP use.

“These data strongly suggest that functional and anatomical changes within the brain stem, which we believe underlie the elevated sympathetic activity in individuals with untreated obstructive sleep apnea, can be restored to healthy levels by CPAP treatment,” said the researchers from the University of Sydney researchers.

Sleep apnea is characterized by numerous instances where a patient is rendered unable to breathe, due to blocked airways. The airways constrict and/or collapse, not allowing air to get through to the brain, which is why many issues linked to sleep apnea have to do with brain function. CPAP machines and BiPAP masks deliver a steady airflow through the airways, keeping them open. About half of the people using CPAP, however, stop using it within one to three weeks. This study points to the need for treatment which will hopefully lead to that number decreasing over time.

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http://laindependent.com/new-study-illustrates-importance-of-sleep-apnea-treatment/

CPAP for Sleep Apnea – Effectiveness of CPAP Therapy

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Sleep Apnea Dos and Don'ts

CPAP Dos and Donts

CPAP Dos and Donts

There are many dos and don’ts when it comes to managing CPAP.

Dos:

  • Make sure the mask is snug but not overly tight. It can cause soreness and leave strap marks.
  • Know where the filter is on your machine and replace often.
  • Fit your mask for the first time during the day.
  • Wipe Your Mask Daily with mask wipes before use.
  • Hand wash headgear.
  • Lay flat to dry to prevent stretching.
  • Stick to a routine.
  • Clean your tube well.
  • Use a clean tube brush.
CPAP Dos and Donts
CPAP Dos and Donts

DON’TS:

  • Worry about small leaks. Many CPAP machines have leak compensation sensors which adequately increase pressure in case of a leak.
  • Dry your supplies in the sun. They will yellow and warp.
  • Do not use the dishwasher.
  • Do not use wet supplies.Mold and bacteria can build up and be hazardous to your health.
  • Do not use sprays/liquids on the CPAP machine. Only unscented mild soaps should be used for cleaning.

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Benefits of CPAP Therapy

Benefits of CPAP Therapy on Depression

A study of 228 patients by Case Edwards and colleagues published in the latest issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine does indeed confirm that the depression scores improve markedly with just 3 months’ of CPAP use. A total of 426 participants (243 males) were recruited for the study. Of 293 patients offered with the Benefits of CPAP Therapy, 228 were compliant (mean nightly use > 5 h) over 3 months of therapy.

Major Findings on the Benefits of CPAP Therapy on Depression

(a) depressive symptoms are common among patients referred for investigation of OSA;

(b) depressive symptoms are directly correlated with the severity of OSA;

(c) symptoms of depression, including suicidal ideation, are relieved by effective treatment of OSA with CPAP therapy; and

(d) these beneficial effects of CPAP are seen to a similar degree in men and women and are independent of the use of antidepressants.

Conclusion

The researchers concluded that the depressive symptoms are common in Obstructive Sleep Apnea and are related to its severity. They improve markedly with  the Benefits of CPAP Therapy, implying a relationship to untreated OSA.

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http://www.snoozeclinic.com/blogcpap-improves-depression-scores-markedly-a-recent-study/

 

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CPAP Therapy

How Can CPAP Therapy Improve Sexual Desire

Studies have shown that up to 68% of men with Obstructive Sleep Apnea report sexual dysfunction and loss of interest in sex.

Studies that Support CPAP Therapy on Sexual Function Improvement

1. In a study published in Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, Judith L. Reishtein, Ph.D. and colleagues evaluated the sexual function of 176 patients with sleep apnea before and after the treatment with CPAP for 3 months.

Intimate and sexual relationships were assessed using the Intimate and Sexual Relationships subscale of the Functional Outcomes of Sleep Questionnaire (FOSQ). This disease-specific, self-administered instrument contains 30 questions and 5 stand-alone subscales.

2. In a study of 1312 men, Barrett-Connor and colleagues found that men with the lowest testosterone levels had more severe apnea than those with normal levels. They also spent more of their sleep time with oxygen saturation less than 90%.

3. Soukhova-O’Hare found that chronically low oxygen level in rodents decreased levels of the endothelial nitric oxide, which mediates penile erection. This team also documented that chronic intermittent hypoxemia produced a 55% decrease in the number of daily spontaneous erections that were reversed after 6 weeks of recovery in normoxia. They also found reduced sexual drive and mating activity.

Conclusion

Treatment of sleep apnea with CPAP Therapy improves intimacy and sexual function besides reducing your risk of stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and drowsy driving. So, listen to your spouse and talk to us.

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CPAP TotalCare Launches Web-Based eHealth CPAP Therapy Program for CPAP Users, Therapy Providers & Clinicians

Broomfield, CO – CPAP TotalCare Inc. announced today the US beta launch of its CPAP TotalCare web-based CPAP Therapy program that makes therapy easier, more effective, and more efficient. This new eHealth web application and therapy program provides CPAP users a way to stay connected with their healthcare providers as well as efficiently self-monitor their CPAP and health data and manage their equipment and supplies. It allows CPAP therapy providers and clinicians to deliver the highest standard of care to a large patient population in an efficient and economical manner.

CPAP Therapy (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is the treatment of choice for a chronic, widespread, and serious condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).  The objective of CPAP TotalCare is to improve patient satisfaction and adherence to CPAP therapy while, at the same time, reducing overhead and increasing revenue for CPAP equipment providers and clinicians.

“CPAP therapy providers have been looking for an affordable and efficient way to stay in touch with, and manage, their CPAP patients.” said Doug Hudiburg, Founder and CEO of CPAP TotalCare.  “Because of the inherent difficulty of staying in close contact with a growing pool of patients, therapy providers, patients, and their physicians often lose touch – which leave the patient isolated and unsupported – something none of the stakeholders want.”

CPAP TotalCare is building the world’s most effective CPAP Therapy management program. The company is intensely focused on providing CPAP users with the tools, resources, and support they need in order to get the best possible result from their experience with CPAP Therapy. For Clinicians and therapy providers, the solution addresses the fundamental problems and inefficiencies related to managing CPAP Therapy.

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CPAP TotalCare makes CPAP therapy best practices scalable and profitable through…

  • Standardized, evidence-based patient management protocols and business processes
  • Low-cost interactive follow-up & patient support – with email, text messaging, and secure private messaging
  • Self-service supply ordering and patient payment collections – retail/self-pay or 3rd party payer
  • Efficient patient management technology – automating many tasks and greatly streamlining others with standardized workflows
  • Therapy and health metrics tracking – support for all major CPAP machine and CPAP mask types, wearables, and health peripherals including Withings, FitBit, and Jawbone devices.
  • Document storage & sharing, equipment & supply maintenance schedule, video reference materials, and much more.

According to the company, the intent of this beta phase of the software is to work very closely with therapy providers, patients, and clinicians to test, improve, and refine the CPAP TotalCare program through user feedback.   “We’ve taken the application just far enough to have the basics in place, the best stuff is yet to come because it will be driven by user needs” Hudiburg said.

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