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MyApnea Forum Word Cloud

Over the past two years much has been discussed here at the MyApnea forum. People from around the world have been sharing their thoughts on sleep apnea. With a growing community you find common interests and recurring themes. This word cloud displays the most common words used on the MyApnea forum. We hope you find this interesting. How will this cloud look in a few years from now? Keep talking! Your words, your experiences, your opinions are the power in patient-powered research. Keep reading

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By MyApnea on April 29, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 in Announcements

What is Complex Sleep Apnea?

This is a simplified presentation of a topic more thoroughly discussed by Dr. Robert Thomas here. Dr. Robert Thomas discusses his professional experiences treating this condition and provides a discussion of the pathophysiology of this disorder. Keep reading

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By MyApnea on February 22, 2016 Feb 22, 2016 in Education

Sleep Apnea and Hearing Loss

Approximately 15% of American adults (37.5 million) 18 years old and over report some trouble hearing. Hearing impairment can lower the quality of life, impair participation in daily activities, and harm cognition. In adults, about 10% of hearing loss relates to noise exposure, the other 90% associated with aging. Normal hearing requires the healthy flow of blood to the ear, so factors that cause disease in the blood vessels, such as diabetes, can cause hearing problems. Keep reading

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By MarkHanson on February 5, 2016 Feb 5, 2016 in Education

Complex Sleep Apnea

A Patient’s Introduction In the following article, the researcher who coined the phrase "complex sleep apnea" gives an overview of this variant, one that is often poorly understood and has been variously defined. Keep reading

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By RobertThomas on February 4, 2016 Feb 4, 2016 in Education

Sleep Apnea links to Chronic Peridontitis and Painful TMD

Two bacterial diseases are the leading causes of tooth loss. One is dental caries (tooth decay), and the other is periodontitis (gum disease). Periodontitis affects all of the tissues that hold the tooth in place—the gum, periodontal ligament and the jaw bone itself. Over time, these tissues are destroyed by toxins produced by the bacterial infection and by the immune system’s inflammatory response to fight that infection. Keep reading

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By MyApnea on February 3, 2016 Feb 3, 2016 in Research

Complex Sleep Apnea: A Patient's Story

One Morning I can tell you the morning it happened. It was remarkable because I remember only three others like it in my life, and they happened a very long time ago. Not new to CPAP use and struggling with the hose, mask, wheezing machinery, rainout, red-lined-face and mask-leak-induced dry eyes since 2008, I had received some benefit overall, but not much. Keep reading

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By MyApnea on February 1, 2016 Feb 1, 2016 in Patient Stories

Atrial fibrillation and its links to sleep apnea

What is atrial fibrillation? Atrial fibrillation is an abnormal heart rhythm that causes the heart to beat in an “irregularly irregular” pattern. Electrical impulses do not follow the usual orderly movement from the heart’s upper chambers (atria) to its lower chambers (ventricles). The ventricles are the chambers that push blood to the rest of the body. Keep reading

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By SuzieBertisch on October 14, 2015 Oct 14, 2015 in Education

Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea

Depending on the type and severity of sleep apnea that you have, you may have several possible options to treat your sleep apnea. General Strategies Most people with sleep apnea have worse symptoms when sleeping on their back. There are several devices and tricks that can be used to encourage sleeping on the side or belly which can improve sleep apnea symptoms, especially in people with “position-dependent” sleep apnea. Keep reading

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By MyApnea on September 25, 2015 Sep 25, 2015 in Education

Women, Sleep Apnea, and Heart Disease

In a recent study, my colleagues at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Columbia University and Baylor Medical Center and I found that older women are at higher relative risk of developing sleep apnea-related heart disease than older men. This study turns on its head the notion that sleep apnea is a “man’s” disease- that is, traditional thinking that men are both more likely to have sleep apnea and have sleep apnea-related health problems. Keep reading

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By SusanR on September 21, 2015 Sep 21, 2015 in Research

Diagnosis of Sleep Apnea

If you think you may have sleep apnea, you should visit your health care provider and let them know of your concerns. Usually, they will complete a physical exam and ask about your medical history for risk factors. There are several questionnaires your health care provider might ask you to complete to help determine your risk level. Keep reading

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By MyApnea on September 18, 2015 Sep 18, 2015 in Education