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Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

Cardiovascular Disease & Sleep Apnea and ResMed

Jerry's Story

For years, Jerry suffered from high blood pressure. He also had a stroke and was recently diagnosed with heart failure. As a result, he was taking 12 different medications daily for his conditions. Jerry also suffered from poor sleep. He was constantly tired and would often doze off while driving. However, Jerry was very reluctant to go to the doctor and seek treatment.

One day, as Jerry was pulling into a fast food drive-through, he fell asleep behind the wheel and ran into the side of a building. That was his sign that he needed to seek help. Following his car accident, Jerry talked to his doctor and went in for a sleep study. The results showed that he stopped breathing 95 times per hour and that his oxygen levels were very low. He was diagnosed with sleep apnea and prescribed continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a general term for breathing problems that occur during sleep. It affects approximately 20 million adults2 and has serious negative health effects when present with other conditions, such as cardiovascular disease.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Many people are not even aware they have sleep apnea. Often, a bed partner is the first to witness symptoms.

Some common signs include:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Loud, disruptive snoring
  • Stopping breathing during sleep
  • Poor concentration and forgetfulness
  • Depression or irritability
  • Morning headaches
  • Weight problems
  • Night sweats
  • Frequent urination
  • Sexual dysfunction

The good news is that CPAP treatment can help you prevent high blood pressure or reduce your levels significantly.6

In fact, all the risk factors mentioned above can be improved in patients who receive sleep apnea treatment.7

What happened to Jerry next?

After starting CPAP, Jerry's quality of life improved almost immediately. He feels more energetic and focused, his snoring has been virtually eliminated, and his blood pressure is significantly lower. In addition to his health benefits, Jerry's home life has improved since he can now enjoy social activities and spend time with his family instead of falling asleep after work.

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