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American Sleep Apnea Association CAP Program

Posted on June 27, 2014 by Core Products There have been 0 comments

American Sleep Apnea Association CPAP Assistance Program

The program sources new and gently used CPAPs to put them in the hands of those who need therapy but don't have the means to pay for it or insurance that provides coverage. Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy is the most widely used and one of the most effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, a life-shortening disease that is estimated to affect 22 million Americans.

"The ASAA's CAP program puts life changing therapy in the hands of those who desperately need it." 

Do you need a CPAP machine or know someone who does?  Core Products International supports The American Sleep Apnea Association and their CPAP Assistance Program (CAP) . CAP provides help for diagnosed sleep apnea patients who have no insurance, high insurance deductibles or due to financial hardship cannot afford this critical and life saving medical equipment.  For more information contact CAP@sleepapnea.org or visit www.sleepapnea.org

What is Sleep Apnea?

The Greek word "apnea" literally means "without breath." Sleep apnea is an involuntary cessation of breathing that occurs while the patient is asleep. There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and mixed. Of the three, obstructive sleep apnea, often called OSA for short, is the most common. Despite the difference in the root cause of each type, in all three, people with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer. In most cases the sleeper is unaware of these breath stoppages because they don't trigger a full awakening.

Left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious and life-shortening consequences: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, automobile accidents caused by falling asleep at the wheel, diabetes, depression, and other ailments.

Sleep apnea is seen more frequently among men than among women, particularly African-American and Hispanic men. A major symptom is extremely loud snoring, sometimes so loud that bed partners find it intolerable. Other indications that sleep apnea may be present are obesity, persistent daytime sleepiness, bouts of awakening out of breath during the night, and frequently waking in the morning with a dry mouth or a headache. But none of these symptoms is always present. Only a sleep study in a sleep laboratory or a home sleep study can show definitively that sleep apnea is present and how severe it is.

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and closes during sleep. In central sleep apnea,  the airway is not blocked but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe.Mixed sleep apnea, as the name implies, is a combination of the two. With each apnea event, the brain rouses the sleeper, usually only partially, to signal breathing to resume. As a result, the patient's sleep is extremely fragmented and of poor quality.

It is estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with 80 percent of the cases of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea undiagnosed. OSA, which represents the great preponderance of the cases,when left untreated can lead to high blood pressure, chronic heart failure, atrial fibrillation, stroke, and other cardiovascular problems; it is associated with type 2 diabetes and depression; and is a factor in many traffic accidents and accidents with heavy machinery, owing to the persistent drowsiness suffered by many OSA patients before the disease is recognized and treated.

Core Products manufacturers a line of specialty CPAP pillows designed specifically to help CPAP users sleep better with their breathing devices.


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