Untreated Sleep Apnea Increases Risk for Stroke, Heart Attack and Brain Damage
Do you use your CPAP as prescribed? Are you frequently tired during the day? Call Dr. DePaola for an evaluation at 888-396-5556 or visit http://www.northnj.IHateCPAP.com.
Sleep apnea is a serious illness most often characterized by snoring, gasping for breath and excessive daytime sleepiness. It is implicated in many disorders including high blood pressure, changes in insulin resistance and a six fold increase in heart attacks and strokes. CPAP is the Gold Standard of treatment for sleep apnea and is very effective. Patients with moderate apnea who have untreated sleep apnea have a 36% decrease in 8 year survival compared to treated patients according to studies in the journal SLEEP.
Dr. DePaola in Hoboken, New Jersey is concerned that patients not using their cpap may be at risk of brain damage, stroke, and heart attack. He urges all patients who are not using their CPAP on a regular basis to pull their machines out of their closet and clean them thoroughly then begin using them immediately. “The problem is that only “23-45% of patients prescribed CPAP actually use it regularly while the majority of obstructive sleep apnea patients do not” and this places these patients at greater risk for heart attacks and strokes, and even brain damage.
Medical studies have shown that even patients who use their CPAP average only 4-5 hours a night not the recommended 7 1/2 – 8 hours. Recent studies have shown that patients who tolerate CPAP well from the beginning of treatment tend to continue treatment and patients who HATE CPAP or do not tolerate it at the start of treatment rarely embrace CPAP use.
Dr. DePaola has completed a variety of courses in sleep medicine from the esteemed Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI), including Treating Sleep Breathing Disorders. He is improving lives in Hoboken, Livingston, Westfield, Ridgewood, Teaneck, and all across North New Jersey with custom night-use oral appliances that keep the airway open, ensuring a restful night sleep and lowering his patients’ risk of stroke, heart disease, and sleep-related car accidents.
Residents of North New Jersey who even suspect that they or a family member might have sleep apnea should schedule an appointment with Dr. DePaola for an evaluation at 888-396-5556 or visit http://www.northnj.IHateCPAP.com.