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Sleep apnea is a condition that causes a person to stop breathing for short periods of time during their sleep. The most ...
effective way to treat this condition is with continuous positive airway pressure, also known as CPAP.
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Unknown Speaker: When Anne Meda was told that she would need a transplant to replace her enlarged and weakened heart, getting a good night sleep became the least of her worries. But then a physician suggested that Anne visit the sleep laboratory at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute where researchers have found a link between cardiovascular disease and broken slumber. The link is Sleep Apnea, a disorder that causes nearly a million Canadians to suddenly stop breathing during sleep, sometimes hundreds of times each night.
Anne Meda: I went to Toronto Rehab and they attach a lot of leads to your head and they tell you to go to sleep. They told me I had a number of Sleep Apnea episodes.
Unknown Speaker: Dr. Douglas Bradley is a senior investigator at Toronto Rehab and the Director of the Hospital Sleep Lab. His latest research has found that people with heart failure and untreated Sleep Apnea face a significantly increased risk of death.
Dr. Douglas Bradley: In that population if they have untreated obstructive Sleep Apnea, their risk of dying is about two and a half times greater than if they didn't have Sleep Apnea at all. But treating it can reduce that risk.
Unknown Speaker: Dr. Bradley and other researchers have found that keeping the throat open with an external pump called the CPAP can eliminate Sleep Apnea almost instantly.
Dr. Douglas Bradley: It's one of the most dramatic treatments you can see in medicine. People will come in one day tired, sleepy, fatigued, lost interest in life, lost interest in jobs, suddenly within a period of 24 to 48 hours wake up feeling refreshed, having more energy, being alert and being able to socialize is a dramatic improvement. People will come into my office saying this has changed my life. I have woken up, I have finally realized that I have been in a fog for the last ten years.
Unknown Speaker: At Toronto Rehab Anne Meda and many other patients have found a simple solution to a potentially life threatening problem without medication or surgery. Anne's enlarged heart has returned to nearly normal size. She no longer is in need of a transplant and the pump and mask have become a familiar part of her evening routine.
Anne Meda: It's not that difficult to wear a CPAP on your face at night and when you wake up you are refreshed, you are not tired. I have been eight years and I have done nothing but improved. So that's a miracle.