- By Jennifer O'Hara
What is sleep apnea?
An estimated 20 million Americans have sleep apnea, and many don’t even know it. Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If you snore loudly and feel tired after a full night's sleep, you might have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can affect people of any age, including infants and children, but it’s most often seen in men over 40, especially those who are overweight or obese.
Treatments for sleep apnea can include lifestyle changes, oral devices and sometimes surgery. Multiple effective treatment options are available for obstructive sleep apnea. And now there is a new treatment for the less common form of sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, or CSA. Previous treatments for central sleep apnea largely have been ineffective, as they haven't tackled the source of the problem. The new device, called Remedē, is an implanted device that stimulates the nerves and muscles that keep people with central sleep apnea breathing throughout the night. Mayo Clinic is the first in Minnesota to use the device, which is newly-approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
On the next Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler, a Mayo Clinic sleep medicine specialist, will discuss diagnosing and treating sleep apnea. Dr. Morgenthaler also serves as chief patient safety officer for Mayo Clinic. Also on the program, Dr. Brent Bauer, director of research for the Mayo Clinic Integrative Medicine Program, and Dr. Karen Mauck, a Mayo Clinic internal medicine specialist, will discuss how to know which CBD products are safe to use. And Dr. Kaisorn Chaichana, a Mayo Clinic neurologic surgeon, will explain minimally invasive surgical techniques used for treating brain tumors.
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