Category Archives: CPAP

Using a CPAP Machine to Sleep Better

The many advances and innovations in medical technology have helped improve the performance of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. Familiar to those suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and other related sleep apnoea problems, a CPAP machine helps these people to breathe easily and regularly at night.

A person with OSA has a narrow airway or a collapsed airway during sleep. This condition causes the oxygen level to decrease, triggering the brain to briefly nudge the sleeping person to wake in order to re-open the collapsed airway. This event happens hundreds of time during sleep, not only disrupting the person’s sleep but also increases the body’s stress that could lead to co-morbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, stroke and heart attack.… Read More...

CPAP Therapy and Longer Life for Sleep Apnoea Patients

Great news for the millions of people who are undergoing continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy using a mask.  An 11-year study indicated that the use of CPAP mask was directly linked to a 62% decline in the odds for death.

The study was led by Dr. Quentin Lisan and conducted at the Paris Cardiovascular Research Center.  Dr. Lisan said that the benefit was sustained even after factoring the usual co-morbidities of sleep apnoea such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Previous studies regarding the connection between CPAP therapy and longevity was not established since those clinical trials were simply too short.… Read More...

Sleep Apnoea: Long Term Prognosis

Most diseases are curable by taking medications, but in some cases medications or therapy may only control or regulate some diseases.  What then is the long-term prognosis for sleep apnoea? Can a person with sleep apnoea can hope to be totally free from it?

What Causes Sleep Apnoea?

Obstructive sleep apnoea is due to the collapse of a part of the airway starting from the nose and ending up on the lungs, collapses during sleep.  Breathing is repeatedly disrupted for 10 seconds or more all through the night.

The most common cause of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) in adults is obesity and excess weight, which is linked with the soft tissue of the throat and mouth.… Read More...

Sleep Apnoea and Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a grave and rare lung disease that directly affects the pulmonary arteries, leading to elevated blood pressure. The disease causes the thickening and narrowing of the arteries that pump blood into the heart’s right ventricle. Thus, the heart of a person with PH tends to be highly stressed, which could lead to conditions such as weakened and enlarged heart, angina, and eventually heart failure.

Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary Hypertension

Sleep apnoea could be considered as a potentially critical sleep disease that causes a patient to repeatedly stop breathing for short periods during sleep. Sleep apnoea is one of the most common triggers for the development of pulmonary hypertension.… Read More...

CPAP Mask and the Risk of Infection

A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is the most effective way to treat sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnoea.  One of the initial issues with the use of a CPAP machine is the risk of developing infections when using the mask. Is this a real concern?

Possibility of Bacteria Growth

A new CPAP machine and all its components come out of the package sterilized. All metal and plastic parts are initially free from harmful bacteria that may cause upper respiratory infection. However, when the ma chine is put into use, bacteria from the user will remain in the mask and tubing. … Read More...

Price Drop for Featured Products at CPAP Victoria

Happy New Year!

CPAP Victoria wishes to greet you all a prosperous, successful and “healthy” 2019!

As a way of extending good wishes to those who have supported us through the year, CPAP Victoria is offering, for a limited time only, a range of CPAP machines and accessories at give-away prices.

Featured products are the following:

Philips DreamStation PRO and Mask Package including FREE Philips Sonicare Airfloss valued at $149.00.  This value pack can be yours for the bargain price of $1,495.00. Included in this deal is a set Philips Respironics DreamStation PRO with heated tube and humidifier plus an Amara view mask or any Philip Dreamweaver family mask of your choice, and a travel bag. … Read More...

People who are over 60 and have been diagnosed with sleep apnoea could lessen the threat of enduring heart failure simply by using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask during sleep to aid with breathing.

Published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the study explored the link between sleep apnoea and heart failure.  Sleep apnoea  is a condition wherein a person stops breathing from 5 to 30 times per hour during sleep.

Previous scientific researches and studies have indicated that people with untreated obstructive sleep apnoea  (OSA) are at risk of developing comorbidities such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke, arrythmias and heart attack.  … Read More...

Sleep Apnoea: Risk Factors During Pregnancy

In a recent study done by researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States, it was found that older pregnant women who are overweight and who snore have an increased risk of developing interrupted breathing or sleep apnoea. The study was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and endorsed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

According to NICHD’s Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch’s Uma Reddy, M.D., the study opened the door for very affordable means to screen and test large numbers of women who are at a higher risk of developing sleep apnoea during pregnancy.  … Read More...

Top CPAP Machines for 2018

We are now in the last quarter of 2018 and soon, new and improved gadgets will be debuting before the year ends. In the case of CPAP machines, it is almost a sure fact that leading manufacturers of these medical grade breathing devices to help OSA patients, will be coming out with their list of improved models of CPAP machines.

But before we do reviews of new and upcoming CPAP products, let’s take a look at the best CPAP machines that hit the market in 2018.  This list is not ranked.

Philips Respironics DreamStation Auto

Philips Respironics DreamStation Auto comes with an integrated humidifier and heated tubing for added comfort to users. … Read More...

Non-Compliance to CPAP Therapy Linked to Hospital Readmission

A recent study of patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), implies that non-compliance to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is notably linked with increased 30-day readmission to a hospital facility.

The study shows that non-compliant patients are 3.5 times more probable to be readmitted to the hospital within a span of 30 days. These non-adherent patients are 2 times more likely to be readmitted to the hospital for cardiovascular conditions such as congestive heart failure, myocardial ischemia, and atrial fibrillation which are closely related to untreated obstructive sleep apnoea.

Dr. Behrouz Jafari is the lead study investigator and the director of Veteran Affairs Long Beach Healthcare System in Long Beach, California.… Read More...