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How can a CPAP machine help keep me healthy if I have sleep apnea?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when something is literally obstructing or blocking your airway, a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) will help you breathe regularly while you're sleeping by increasing air pressure in your throat so it doesn't close. It's often 100% effective in treating obstructive sleep apnea, and it stops your snoring too. But you may need to use it for the rest of your life.

Use your CPAP at least 4 hours a night - it could save your brain and life!

◦ CPAP has been shown to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular events and hypertension in sleep apnea patients. There was a 25% reduction of hypertension and cardiovascular events risk with consistent CPAP use (4+hours per night).

◦ CPAP therapy was shown to restore brain tissue in adults with sleep apnea. After 3 months of nightly CPAP use there was a significant grey-matter volume increase (in the hippocampus and frontal areas) this is where the brain does most of its information processing.

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