Oklahoma is getting a new type of therapy to treat a specific type of sleep apnea. Hillcrest Medical Center has implanted a new device in its first patient with sleep apnea and is already planning more patients.
Doctors describe this new therapy as a pacemaker-sized device implanted in the right side of your chest. This device sends signals to your nerves to remind them to breathe while you sleep.
This new type of therapy is for people with central sleep apnea, which means that while you sleep, your body takes long pauses during breathing. Oklahoma Heart Institute cardiologists say patients who typically have central sleep apnea also have heart problems and say this therapy is designed to help those patients. They say it’s not for people who snore or have obstructive sleep apnea.
Dr. Craig Cameron, Oklahoma Heart Institute: “I think this is going to be a game changer,” said Dr. Craig Cameron, Oklahoma Heart Institute. “The studies that were conducted to get the device approved by the FDA showed a dramatic improvement in quality. of life. There’s a suggestion that it might actually reduce heart failure hospitalizations or reduce mortality, but we don’t have that data yet.
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