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Obstructive Sleep Apnea treated with CPAP reduced Mortality for Stroke Patients

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[Best Syndication News] Patients that suffered a stroke and had been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) benefited using the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) by reducing the risk of death. This data was reported in a study that was published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

"Our results suggest that patients with ischemic stroke and moderate to severe OSA showed an increased mortality risk," reported the lead author, Miguel Angel Martínez-García, M.D., of Requena General Hospital in Valencia, Spain. "CPAP treatment, although tolerated by only a small percentage of patients, is associated with a reduction in this excess risk and achieves a mortality [rate] similar to patients without OSA or with mild disease."

Sleep Apnea associated with Irregular Heartbeats

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[Best Syndication News] Breathing problems while sleeping in older men have been linked to an increased risk of developing abnormal heart rhythms (arrhthmias). Other names for sleep disordered breathing and sleep-related breathing disorders is sleep apnea. A report in the June 22nd issue of Archives of Internal Medicine discussed the relationship between the two conditions.

Reena Mehra, M.D., M.S., of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, and colleagues studied 2,911 men that underwent a sleep study between 2003 and 2005. They noted the how many times the men experienced an apnea event where there is a brief pause in breathing and hypopnea which is shallow breathing while they were sleeping. They also accounted if there were any periods of time when oxygen levels would dip below 90 percent.

Exercises Based on Playing Didgeridoo May Help OSA Patients

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The Australian Aboriginal instrument known as the didgeridoo may help to reduce some of the symptoms of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and exercises based on it may be the next best thing.

OSA is characterized by stoppages in breathing nightly. This can occur hundreds of times a night. OSA is the result of the soft tissue at the back of the throat collapsing as the sufferer sleeps. Tongue and pharyngeal exercises performed with the didgeridoo have been shown to help reduce this.

It was previously believed that no amount of exercises that involved the tongue and throat muscles would be able to benefit OSA sufferers. However, a 2006 study showed that regular didgeridoo playing as an alternative treatment for OSA, which involved 25 patients from Germany and Switzerland, helped. Because the didgeridoo is a difficult instrument to learn to play, a Brazilian doctor and his colleagues have come up with a number of exercises that mimic playing the instrument.

Do You Hate CPAP? – Some Good Alternatives

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Occasional snoring is common and not a problem. It’s chronic snoring that can be a big problem, and not just because it disturbs other sleepers nearby. It can be a sign that you have a condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The word apnea means “lack of breathing”, and you would be unaware of it, but if you have OSA, you are waking many times during the night gasping for air.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?

If you wake five times per hour after at least ten seconds of no breathing each time, you would officially be diagnosed with OSA. You would likely feel tired most days, perhaps depressed and irritable and you would be at increased risk for heart attack and stroke, with disturbances in your metabolic system and hormones.

Stop Losing Sleep Over Your Teeth

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Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that disrupts sleep by frequent pauses in breathing. This is a dangerous condition that affects millions of Americans, many of which are unaware that they have it. These pauses in breathing occur 5-30 times during one hour of sleep. This happens because the soft tissue in the back of throat may collapse and block the air passages stopping the flow of breathing.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea:

• Snoring
• Episodes of stopped breathing
• Frequent daytime sleepiness
• Increased difficulty remembering and concentrating

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