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sleep apnea | obstructive sleep apnea | OSA

PAP or Pill? Pharmaceutical Alternatives to Sleep Apnea

By: Brandon Ramirez, BA, RPSGT, CCSH, PSC
December 1st, 2022

Would you rather wear positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy each night or take a pill before bed? For most, it would seem they would love to choose the latter option as PAP machines can be viewed as burdensome. Wearing a mask to bed has long been an issue for many sleep apnea sufferers who are seeking a better night of sleep. As sleep apnea treatment continues to evolve, there is a growing population of patients interested in taking a pill before bed and not worrying about wearing a mask throughout the night. However, is it worth throwing out the mask and taking the chance that a pill can be as effective as the tried-and-true PAP machine?

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The Underperformance of Sleep Screening

By: Geoff Eade, RPSGT, CCSH, Ashley Gould, CRT, and Bretton Lane, BS, RPSGT
October 27th, 2022

Many studies have been done to assess the North American population for the presence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). These studies have shown that up to 80% of all patients with moderate to severe sleep apnea have not yet been diagnosed.1 With the population aging and obesity on the rise, we are not making a dent into this statistic, despite the growing awareness and the advancements in home sleep testing.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Symptoms, Risk Factors, Concerns and Treatment

By: AAST Associate Editor
April 7th, 2022

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common type of sleep apnea, can be a serious sleep disorder, as breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. Caused by throat muscles intermittently relaxing and blocking the airway, it can impair a patient's ability to reach desired deep and restful phases of sleep.

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obstructive sleep apnea | OSA | Stroke

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Stroke

By: AAST Editor
August 27th, 2020

This blog is based off of the AAST 2019 Annual Meeting Session "Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Stroke: Evidence, Mechanisms, and Treatment Strategies." For more information on this session and other session recordings click here. Ischemic stroke (or acute stroke) is the second leading cause of long-term disability. Many who suffer from ischemic stroke also have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Currently, ischemic stroke treatment therapies have a very limited therapeutic window and aren’t widely applicable to most patients. The treatment of OSA in patients with acute ischemic stroke is now being looked to as a novel, therapeutic approach to preventing stroke.

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obstructive sleep apnea | COVID-19

Sleep and Sleep Apnea in the COVID19 Era

By: Robert Ledda, MD
June 11th, 2020

As a sleep technologist, you likely know COVID-19 has disrupted many people's lives, and can cause a dilemma for individuals struggling with sleep apnea. In the COVID-19 era, sleep is more important than ever for your patient’s physical and mental health and their immune systems. Here, and through his YouTube channel, Dr. Bob Ledda, M.D., a health and wellness physician at Community Health & Wellness Center, shows there is scientific evidence pointing to the association between metabolic diseases and poor sleep. Dr, Bob, who is a partner at Cenegenics® Alaska, talks about the physiology and long-standing medical consequences of sleep apnea, what the various treatment options are, and what supplements he suggests that scientific studies have shown to improve sleep. 

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obstructive sleep apnea | Overlap Syndrome | COPD

OSA and COPD Overlap Syndrome: Signs, Symptoms, and Mortality

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
March 5th, 2020

Two common sleep/pulmonary diseases are obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These two conditions can occur simultaneously creating a condition known as Overlap Syndrome, which creates two fold the uncomfortable disordered breathing conditions, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. It results in long-term chronic health issues that go beyond your lungs, like heart disease and diabetes, and their linked myriad complications. 

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