Obstructive Sleep Apnea versus Central Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is when the airwaybecomes narrowed or obstructed and you're making the effort to breathe but we do notsee any flow in air movement coming from your nose or mouth. Where central sleep apnea occurswhere your brain forgets to tell your body to breathe. If we're looking at it from avery simplistic term and so we do not see the drive to breathe. So the first step isto come into the and be seen by one of our physicians in the sleep medicine .We'll go through a questionnaire and try to determine what risk factors we think you havefor sleep apnea such as obesity, snoring, daytime sleepiness and then if we think thatyou have a high risk for meeting those criteria
then we would set you up for a sleep studyeither in your home to do an overnight sleep study or in our laboratory, depending on yoursituation. The CPAP can be used to treat both conditions and, in some patients, that isenough. However, there are some patients that have more complex types of central sleep apneathat require more complicated types of machines to treat that condition. Obstructive sleepapnea actually has been linked to a lot of other problems such as high blood pressureand then, you know, difficulty functioning during the day. If it goes untreated for along period of time there's an increased risk of early heart problems and those types ofthings.
Central Apnea a friendship poem by Donna Williams
Hello.Â Â I am Â Donna Williams and I amgoing to share a poem which is about befriending Central Apnea.It is called Friendship. I breathe, therefore I am.Incarnated, this breath, this chi and I are friends aren't weéAnd yet it seems my friend sometimes Â forgets, And I must take its passive place, do itsjob or suffocate. I hope that it comes back, but then thereis still CPAP And now I have earned the name Ganesh withmy new plastic trunk Each night I breathe by a silicon mask,an electronic machine with enough REM that
I can now dream.And the fear upon my husband's face relieved And I may brush aside the kiss of death reprieved.â€˜Oh I would just die if it was me', I have heard folks say,Â but that's not true. For if it were youÂ who was aÂ weird likeme, You just adapt that is what you do.I lost two friends of mine some months ago, My breasts.They went AWOL near the Tropic of cancer on the cusp of chemo,Soon followed by mobility joining immune deficiency. So when it comes to medicaleze I am developingsuch proficiency.
Central Apnea, Sleep Apnea,It has joined this exclusive friendship group, Since I have befriended my sleep Apnea.Â Bye.