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By: Kevin Asp on January 8th, 2016

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Fall Course Learning Module on Central Sleep Apnea is Now Available!

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What every sleep technologist should know about central sleep apnea

In central sleep apnea, breathing is disrupted regularly during sleep because of the way the brain functions. It is not that you cannot breathe (which is true in obstructive sleep apnea); rather, you do not try to breathe at all. The brain does not tell your muscles to breathe. This type of sleep apnea is usually associated with serious illness, especially an illness in which the lower brainstem -- which controls breathing -- is affected. In infants, central sleep apnea produces pauses in breathing that can last 20 seconds.

Learn more about working with patients with central sleep apnea by viewing this comprehensive lecture by Michelle Cao, DO, Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sceicnes at Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine. 

In this learning module, Dr. Michelle Cao discusses the pathophysiology and treatment of central sleep apneas with a focus on complex sleep apnea and opioid-induced central sleep apnea. She reviews the literature and provides a critical assessment of treatment efficacy.

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Dr. Cao is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Sleep Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.   She is also on faculty at the Stanford Sleep Clinic.  Dr. Cao currently treats patients with known or suspected sleep related breathing disorders. She has a background in pulmonary and critical care medicine.  Her clinical expertise and research interest focus on diagnostic and treatment strategies for central sleep apnea syndromes. She is part of the sleep study protocol committee for the Stanford Sleep Lab, and is the lead physician for the Gold Standard Committee on sleep study scoring and analysis.  She recently completed a prospective evaluation of novel positive airway pressure therapies for the treatment of complex sleep-disordered breathing due to chronic opioid use.

Dr. Cao's lecture on respiratory system function provides 1 CEC and is available at a discounted price for members in the AAST Online Learning Center here.

Enjoy discounts on online learning modules and more by becoming a member or renewing your AAST membership today!

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About Kevin Asp

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