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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Cpap Machine (Overview)

CPAP = continuous positive airway pressure. This is typically a device that sits at bedside attached to a hose that attaches to some sort of interface (i.e. Mask) to deliver pressre to the airway either through nose or nose and mouth. The main use is for obstructive sleep apnea but it has been used for other conditions such as respiratory failure or congestive heart failure.


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What is a cpap machine used for? How does it work?

What is a cpap machine used for? How does it work?

Sleep apnea: CPAP machines are used to treat obstructive sleep apnea, and they are the most effective therapy for this condition. They work by applying pressure to the inhaled air you breathe while asleep, preventing your palate or throat from collapsing and thus obstructing airflow. When tolerated by patients, 95%+ success rates are observed. ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Cpap Machine (Overview)

CPAP = continuous positive airway pressure. This is typically a device that sits at bedside attached to a hose that attaches to some sort of interface (i.e. Mask) to deliver pressre to the airway either through nose or nose and mouth. The main use is for obstructive sleep apnea but it has been used for other conditions such as respiratory failure or congestive heart failure.


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I have a cpap machine that I should use but haven't used it for months. What happens? Any implications if not used regularly in case i resume?

Dust it off.: CPAP is hard for some people to tolerate. If you don't use it you will return to the symptoms you had prior to use and you will have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. If you restart using it your risks will decrease and you may feel better. There is no "penalty" for not using it, . ...Read more

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Living with Seizures (Tip)

Living with Seizures

As each season changes, be sure to adjust the temperature & humidity settings on your CPAP machine! ...See more

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Can you tell me how a cpap machine improve oxygenation?

Can you tell me how a cpap machine improve oxygenation?

Keeps airway open: With Sleep apnea. The patient airway collapses. This resulting the patient choking. The patient is thus not breathing. When this occurs the patient gets low oxygen. CPAP prevents airway collapse and keeps the patients breathign regular and avoids desaturations. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use a cpap machine without consulting a doctor?

No: Why do you want to use the machine. This is not an item for self diagnosis or self treatment. Please consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Living with Seizures (Tip)

Living with Seizures

Sleep apnea can severely limit quality sleep. A CPAP machine can be life changing. ...See more

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Will cpap machine work at 7, 000 feet?

Check first: Altitude significantly alters delivered CPAP pressure unless a unit has pressure-compensating features. Check with your doctor, and also check with your CPAP supplier on your specific machine. Some machines are good to 7500 ft. ...Read more

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Living with Seizures (Tip)

Living with Seizures

Sleep apnea 101: reduced oxygen to the brain is the price of not using your CPAP machine. ...See more

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What are the immediate health benefits to using cpap machine? I've been using one for 4 months.

What are the immediate health benefits to using  cpap machine?  I've been using one for 4 months.

CPAP benefits: The immediate benefits of proper CPAP use include more restful sleep, better focus and attention and no morning headache if you tend to get that. Confirm any issues you are having with your CPAP device with your sleep specialist. ...Read more

Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
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Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (Definition)

Continuous positive airway pressure involves the constant application of external pressure to all phases of breathing. The patient would feel as if breathing against the constant headwind. Inhalation would be easier as the pressure enables air entry. Exhalation prevents complete relaxation. This can be helpful in obstructive sleep ...Read more