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CPAP won’t help heal your heart? This you must read.


CPAP won’t help your heart heal?This you must read.

But here is what CPAP will do.

If you own or rent a CPAP, the above news doesn’t sound encouraging. However, today’s breakdown will put CPAP’s benefits into a new light.

But first, let’s look where this sudden inadequacy about CPAP’s effectiveness originated. A recent report suggests the question and the answer.


How can CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) reduce the cardiovascular consequences of sleep apnea?

The available evidence tells us that when you treat people with sleep apnea using CPAP, their blood pressure is not only lower at night—it’s also lower during the day. That’s a very good thing. Moreover, people with atrial fibrillation (a common type of irregular heart beat) with sleep apnea that is appropriately treated have only a 40% chance of coming back for further treatment of their atrial fibrillation. If their sleep apnea is untreated, the chance of a recurrence of atrial fibrillation goes up to 80%. The message to heart patients with sleep apnea is: With treatment of your sleep apnea, your chances of improvement are considerably better.

the above excerpt is from

Sleep apnea’s CPAP machine doesn’t cut heart risks, study says


What we can do with this information about CPAP 

What We Know

The full spectrum of heart issues cannot be addressed in a concise way, especially when discussing how CPAP affects each cardiac related diagnosis. Instead, reporting how CPAP lower the demand on the heart during sleep is a better approach. Let’s delve deeper with this starting point.

Health Risk Prevention

CPAP use can prevent or reverse the serious effects of obstructive sleep apnea. Treatment does offer protections from serious health risks:

Heart disease

When treating your sleep apnea, it is likely you can reduce your risk of heart disease. Sleep apnea, linked to a variety of heart problems, causes stoppages of breathing too times each night. These breathing pauses change blood pressure and lead to reductions your blood oxygen levels. This means an enormous strain on your heart.

Individuals with untreated sleep apnea have a  much higher rate of death from heart disease than those without sleep apnea. Using prescribed CPAP therapy over an extended period of time can (and should) protect you from heart problems. These heart problems include:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Irregular heartbeat


Consistent CPAP use can reduce your risk of stroke or another one, which is one of the leading causes of death and long-term disability. A stroke is a sudden loss of brain function. A stroke occurs when there is a blockage or rupture in one of the blood vessels leading to the brain.


Using CPAP for sleep apnea has shown improvements in insulin sensitivity. Sleep apnea is partly to blame for glucose intolerance and insulin resistance, both factors in type 2 diabetes. The unfortunate reality is untreated sleep apnea increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

CPAP  use can assist someone to become a safer driver by alleviating daytime sleepiness. Untreated sleep apnea makes someone likely to be involved in vehicle collisions. This occurs because many people dealing with sleep apnea have a hard time staying awake and concentrating while driving.

Benefits to Your Health and Well-Being

Daytime Alertness

Sleepiness and daytime fatigue are common symptoms when people have sleep apnea. CPAP use can restore your normal sleep pattern and increase your total sleep time by eliminating breathing pauses in your sleep. This will help you wake up feeling more refreshed and boost your energy throughout the day.

Concentration & Emotional Stability

Untreated, severe sleep apnea is menacing enough to damage brain tissue. As a result, a person may have trouble concentrating. Someone untreated may suffer from memory loss. Using CPAP may improve the ability to think, concentrate and make decisions. It also can improve productivity and decrease the chances of making a costly mistake at work. Moreover, CPAP can help improve mood, reduce your risk of depression and improve your overall quality of life.

CPAP utilization has also been shown to improve the ability to think, concentrate and make better decisions. It also can improve productivity and decrease the chances of making a costly mistake at work. Moreover, CPAP can help improve mood, reduce your risk of depression and improve the overall quality of life.


Keeping your airway open as you sleep is what CPAP does, Additionally, CPAP has been shown to reduce or eliminate the sound of snoring. A quieter sleep environment is virtually guaranteed.

Medical Expenses

By improving health with CPAP therapy, people can significantly reduce their medical expenses over time. Sleep apnea can lead to more health problems when linked to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Medical expenses will most likely decrease when you use CPAP to treat your sleep.


Improving life with CPAP is entirely possible. Seeking assistance with an obtaining life altering device is a very smart choice, especially after considering everything mentioned. Consulting a sleep doctor is the first step into this worth-while journey.


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Edited by Bill Bistak B Sc.,SEO/SEM Spc, CRT

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