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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.

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