The CPAP – Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is a machine that provides what is considered as therapy treatment for people who suffer from OSA – Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The device allows people afflicted with the condition, to sleep properly throughout the night. To understand the workings of a CPAP, we need to understand what Sleep Apnea actually is.
Sleep Apnea is the condition when the muscles around the throat and tongue are relaxed when a person is sleeping. The muscles relax to such a degree that the condition causes a blockage which prevents oxygen from flowing into a person’s lungs. This relaxation of the muscles can make a person more prone to and suffer greater damage, if they are ever struck with a stroke, a heart attack or have high blood pressure. The tissues relax to such a degree that the condition can cause a great amount of stress on the blood pressure, the heart and the lungs.
The CPAP was designed specifically to help anyone with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. CPAP is the only medical treatment device of Sleep Apnea that doesn’t involve surgery. The device consists of a mask providing nose and mouth coverage attached to pump machine which regulates the flow of oxygen in your body and reduces or removes the affects of the Sleep Apnea.
The CPAP functions through sending a steady flow of gentle air way to support and prop and keep open the sufferer’s airway while they sleep peacefully. The CPAP does not only reduce the risk of a stroke, blood pressure and the strain on the heart and lungs, the device also eliminates snoring and provides the person with a fresh supply of oxygen.
Most patients can vouch for the effectiveness of the CPAP treatment and many started feeling more energetic and free of symptoms of Sleep Apnea among which is daytime sleepiness. However, Sleep Apnea is a difficult condition to diagnose and doctors all over consider it to be one of the leading reasons for heart related problems. Sometimes, the disease left on its own and untreated can wreak a great amount of havoc on the person.