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Will a cpap machine improve someone with sleep apnea?

Will a cpap machine improve someone with sleep apnea?

Usually: CPAP is the first line treatment of moderate to severe sleep apnea with associated symptoms. However, success rates vary, and a significant number of people need alternative or adjunctive means of treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Sheila Smith
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Cpap Machine (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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How does forced air machine for sleep apnea work?

How does forced air machine for sleep apnea work?

Sleep Apnea: Thats called the CPAP or autopap they force air and open the airway to breathe during sleep. ...Read more

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Will using cpap machine cause sinus infections?

Will using cpap machine cause sinus infections?

See below: If the water reservoir is dirty or not cleaned properly it is possible. Keep it clean by replacing the water every night in addition to cleaning it at least every week, otherwise bacteria and fungi can grow in it which may cause allergic rhinitis and sinusitis. So try to keep your CPAP machine in good shape and it will help! ...Read more

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Can you loose weight using cpap machine?

YES!: Proper treatment of sleep apnea may cause weight loss in obese/overweight patients. To put it another way, patients with sleep apnea gain weight if not properly treated. ...Read more

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Are home doppler monitors a good investment?

Are home doppler monitors a good investment?

Not really: Opinions will differ, but with obstetric care, you have open access to your obstetrician, usually for an unlimited number of visits. If you want reassurance of the baby's heartbeat, i'd rather you come in to see me than make yourself nervous with a home monitor. If you do decide to get one, remember that finding the heartbeat, especially early on, is not necessarily easy. Don't go crazy. ...Read 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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Portable hemoglobinometer (hemoglobin home testing device/kit), how to use this?

Manual for the kit: The device should have come with a user's manual and it would be prudent to consult that information. ...Read more

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Portable machine check for high cholesterol at home?

Portable machine check for high cholesterol at home?

Avoid wrist machines: Most home BP monitoring machines are good and usually fairly inexpensive, <$50. The ones that work on the upper arm are a bit more accurate than the wrist machines. Also, check your BP in both arms, there may be a significant difference. If more than 10 mmhg, you should get that checked out by a cardiologist. If not, use the arm with the higher of the two measurements. Check it at random times. ...Read more

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Can non-distilled water be used for a cpap machine?

Can non-distilled water be used for a cpap machine?

Yes but not best: I would recommend distilled only. The machine will last much longer, and it will be healthier for you as well. ...Read more

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Cpap (continuous positive airway pressure) in nicu for what?

Cpap (continuous positive airway pressure) in nicu for what?

Keep airway open: It is used to keep the infants airway open, usually for a condition called laryngomalacia, where the airway has a tendency to collapse. ...Read more

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How do home use hemoglobin test meters work?

How do home use hemoglobin test meters work?

Hemoglobin analyzer: If you one of those machine it work almost like the blood sugar test for diabetes. ...Read more

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When must I use a non-invasive mask ventilation?

When must I use a non-invasive mask ventilation?

If doctor prescribed: Only if a doctor prescribed it... Outside of a hospital, sometimes it is used for chronic failure of the respiratory system, other times for sleep issues. ...Read more

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Does a cpap breathing machine keep your throat airway open?

Does a cpap breathing machine keep your throat airway open?

Yes -that's the idea: Continuous positive airway pressure (cpap), in theory, acts like an "air splint" - keeping the soft, floppy part of the airway open when you inhale. The upper airway is like a floppy tube. If you inhale on one end, the tube will collapse. CPAP helps prevent this. The pressure, however, needs to be adjusted for each individual as the requirements vary from person to person. ...Read more

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Home blood pressure machines are home blood pressure machines accurate? What brands are recommended if any?

Home blood pressure machines are home blood pressure machines accurate? What brands are recommended if any?

Generally are...: Arm cuffs are more accurate measures of BP than wristor finger cffs. Omron is a quality manufacturer (there are others). If in doubt about accuracy, bring the monitor to your doc, so it can be checked at the time. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use my father's old cpap breathing machine for sleep apnea?

Is it safe to use my father's old cpap breathing machine for sleep apnea?

No: I would recommend against given: 1. Contamination - who knows how old or unused it has been which can lead to mold buildup. I would make sure that it was properly cleaned and disinfected. 2. His pressure settings may not be what you require. The best way to determine this would be with a CPAP titration to determine how settings should be adjusted for you specifically. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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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