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Getting Sleep Apnea Patients to use their CPAP Equipment

Getting Sleep Apnea Patients to use their CPAP Equipment

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[Best Syndication] One problem that people who have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is getting them to use the prescribed CPAP breathing equipment when sleeping to insure that they prevent sleep apnea events.

Researchers from Australia studied the effects of using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) intervention which increased the use and perseverance of using their CPAP equipment. The study was first published in the international publication, Sleep.

Those participants that had undergone CBT intervention were using their CPAP equipment after one month of time in 77 percent of the cases. Those that did not receive the CBT intervention only had 31 percent using the CPAP equipment after one month of time.

Restless Leg Syndrome Increases Risk of Cardiovascular Disease – High Blood Pressure Higher in Older Patients With RLS History

Restless Leg Syndrome Increases Risk of Cardiovascular Disease – High Blood Pressure Higher in Older Patients With RLS History

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(Best Syndication) There is a link between restless legs syndrome (RLS) and the development of cardiovascular disease, especially in the elderly. Canadian researchers say that RLS can raise the blood pressure by as much as 20 points for the systolic reading, which is the top or first number, and by an average of 11 points for the diastolic reading.

The study involved 10 people who spent the night at a sleep laboratory. The symptoms of RLS include periodic leg movements every 20 to 40 seconds. These movements increase the blood pressure, and are most severe at night when the legs are resting.

Heart Failure Patients Can Reduce Death Risk By Treating Sleep Apnea – No CPAP Treated OSA Patient In Study Died From HF

Heart Failure Patients Can Reduce Death Risk By Treating Sleep Apnea – No CPAP Treated OSA Patient In Study Died From HF

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(Best Syndication) Canadian researchers say that heart failure patients with untreated sleep apnea are more likely to die from the disease than people without the sleep disorder. They say that Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is common in patients with heart failure.

OSA can lead to increased blood pressure, heart rate, stroke risk and other conditions. Dr. Douglas Bradley says “The vast majority of heart failure patients across North America are not being assessed for the diagnosis of sleep apnea and, as a result, are not being treated for it.”

CMS Opens Discussion Concerning Home Sleep Studies - Sleep Apnea Diagnosis Only Covered For In Lab Testing – Could Save Lives

CMS Opens Discussion Concerning Home Sleep Studies - Sleep Apnea Diagnosis Only Covered For In Lab Testing – Could Save Money Lives

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(Best Syndication) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has opened a 30-day public comment period for physicians and others to voice their support for the use of multi-channel home sleep testing devices. Sleep Apnea affects an estimated 24 percent of men and 9 percent of women and can lead to auto accidents, stroke, heart failure, and death.

The CMS opened the comment period at the request of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS). The Academy calls Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) a “pervasive, profoundly dangerous, debilitating, and (a) largely under-diagnosed disease.”

The common method for diagnosing OSA or Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) is a sleep study done at either a hospital or sleep lab. This diagnostic procedure is much more expensive than home sleep testing. The group says that home sleep studies have been proven to be accurate, “similar to polysomnography”.

CPAP Reduces Levels of C-Reactive Protein Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Could Reduce The Risk For Stroke

CPAP Reduces Levels of C-Reactive Protein Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Could Reduce The Risk For Stroke

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(Best Syndication) Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a higher serum level of inflammatory markers and a brain infraction have an elevated risk of stroke, according to Japanese researchers. The silent brain infraction can be detected using brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Sleep Apnea can be diagnosed with a sleep study, but symptoms include snoring and pauses in breathing while asleep.

Doctor Kenji Minoguchi, M.D., Ph.D., of Showa University School of Medicine in Tokyo said that these brain lesions (infractions) were either wedge-shaped or round and showed up in brain white matter on MRI scans. “The percentage of silent brain infarction in patients with moderate to severe OSA at 25 percent was higher than that for obese control subjects at 6.7 percent, or even patients with mild OSA who had 7.7 percent,” said Dr. Minoguchi.

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