WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new study finds that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is an effective treatment for seniors with sleep apnea.
CPAP is widely used to treat moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which the airway relaxes and narrows during sleep, causing breathing problems and interrupted sleep that leads to daytime drowsiness.
CPAP keeps the airway open by pushing a stream of air through a patient’s nose via a mask that is worn during sleep. Previous research has shown that CPAP benefits middle-aged adults with sleep apnea, but there had been no studies on whether it was useful and cost-effective in seniors.
This new study of 278 sleep apnea patients aged 65 and older in the United Kingdom found that CPAP reduced their levels of daytime sleepiness and their health care costs.
“Sleep apnea can be hugely damaging to patients’ quality of…
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