Small Implant Makes Big Difference In Sleep Apnea
CLARK POWELL: There was a time when Leslie McGuire woulddread going to bed. Because of his sleep apnea, Leslie felt exhausted most of the day. And,at night, it didn't get much better. LESLIE MCGUIRE: Before I was diagnosed, I would wake up probablyfive or six times a night sitting on the side of the bed gasping for air. POWELL: For many, wearinga breathing mask at night can help, especially for those with obstructive sleep apnea, inwhich the airways tend to close. But the mask didn't work for Leslie. He has central sleepapnea, and when it came to finding a treatment for him, time was of the essence.
DR. WILLIAM ABRAHAM: This formof sleep apnea is particularly dangerous because it's associated with patients just stoppingbreathing periodically. POWELL: William Abraham is a cardiologist at the Ohio State UniversityWexner Medical Center. He says while we're sleeping, the brain continues to tell thebody to breathe. But, in central sleep apnea, that signal is faulty. So, to help those patients,s at Ohio State are implanting a pacemakerlike device just under the collarbone and runninga wire to the patient's diaphragm. At night, that wire signals the diaphragm, promptingpatients to breathe.
DR. ABRAHAM: What we saw were remarkable results. More than a 50% reduction in thenumber of events occurring per hour and more than a 90% reduction specifically in thoseevents related to central sleep apnea. It POWELL: It worked for Leslie, who says he now sleepsthrough the night and has more energy to spend his days with his wife. MCGUIRE: Besides her, thisis the best thing that's ever happened to me. Everything is changed. Everything is somuch better. POWELL: At Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center, this is Clark Powell reporting.
Implantable Device for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Thousand Oaks Malibu Westlake Village
The â€œimplantable deviceâ€� for treatingobstructive sleep apnea syndrome is called the â€œInspireâ€�. This is a pacemakerlike device that is placed under the skin in the upper chest wall. Electrodes are then tunneled through the skin and inserted into the muscles that keep your airway open. Once in place, a low level electricalcurrent stimulates these muscles to help keep your airway open.
It is significantly more expensive than CPAP, and is less effective as well. Its primary usefulness is in patientswho either refuse to try CPAP, are intolerant to CPAP, or have found other treatments to be ineffective. Hello, I'm Ronald Popper. Thank you for watching. If you or a loved one needs moreinformation on sleep disorders,
please visit our web site at sleepmd4u where you'll find more tutorials in this series as well as our white paper on obstructive sleep apnea that is free for you to download. For a direct consultation youcan reach us through our web site or by calling the number on your screen. Always remember, sleep well tonight for a better day tomorrow.
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