The American Sleep Apnea Association estimates that roughly 6% of those living in the United States suffer from 1 of 3 forms of sleep apnea, a potentially serious and life-threatening condition.
A good night’s sleep is paramount to health and longevity, and Science Care donors are playing their part to ensure we can all rest a bit easier by contributing to advancements in the effort to better control and eliminate sleep apnea in patients.
Sleep Apnea has the potential to manifest in 3 different ways:
Sleep apnea can often lead to more serious conditions such as insomnia, depression, high blood pressure, heart failure, stroke, and episodes where the patient ceases to breathe, to name a few.
Visit sleepapenea.org for more information regarding the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea. If you think you may be experiencing sleep apnea, your physician can perform simple tests to properly diagnose and recommend/prescribe the proper treatments.
Science Care donors have provided researchers the opportunity to develop new, advanced forms of treatment to combat sleep apnea in patients suffering from moderate to severe cases of the disorder.
Additionally, Science Care donors have afforded surgeons the training necessary to develop skills and competence in correcting the anatomy associated with causing obstructive sleep apnea. Such training includes:
These treatments are effective at preventing the blockage of the airway by anatomy of the nasal cavity and the throat, as seen in patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea.
Additionally, Science Care donors have contributed to the development of implantable medical devices which stimulate the muscles in the upper airway, eliminating the need for bulky, archaic, and uncomfortable CPAP and BPAP machines, allowing for more effective and constant treatment of central sleep apnea.
More restful, sounder sleep fosters better general health and longevity. Through their contributions toward more efficient, effective means of controlling sleep apnea, Science Care donors are aiding in preventing the more serious conditions which are caused by and arise out of the disorder, thereby improving overall patient health, longevity, and quality of life.
Thank you to our donor community for the contributions you have made toward affording us all the opportunity to rest easier!
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