Fda-approved Device Treats Sleep Apnea In A New Way | The Rundown | Pbs Newshour

Patients with moderate to severe [obstructive sleep apnea] who are not on effective treatment are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, accidents and death. There is a signicant need for safe, effective and well-tolerated new treatments in the sleep medicine eld. Other treatments for sleep apnea include oral appliances, positional therapy and surgery but breathing masks that provide a continuous flow of air are the current leading treatment for the condition. Despite their popularity, these masks are not consistently successful , as some patients feel claustrophobic or accidentally rip them off at night. Jim Heston, a 61-year-old with obstructive sleep apnea, had tried using one of these breathing masks for relief but the treatment failed. Read more http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/fda-approved-device-treats-sleep-apnea-new-way/