Sleep Apnea Treatment Implant Gets Approval from FDA

Sleep Apnea is a horrible disorder where the brain has difficulty sending signals to the lungs, preventing patients to have normal breathing patterns while sleeping. But there is a new implant, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, that can help patients lead a normal life.

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Remede for Sleep Apnea

Remede is a system that includes an implant that can be placed surgically under a patient’s skin. This comprises a small battery pack with thin wires that can be inserted into the blood vessels near the chest area.

Once activated, the system monitors patients‘ breathing pattern and stimulates the nerves to move the diaphragm when the disorder kicks in.

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According to the National Institute of Health’s National Center on Sleep Disorders Research, central sleep apnea can lead to poor sleep quality and may result in serious health issues, including increased risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, heart failure, stroke, obesity, and diabetes.

Until now, the treatment for sleep apnea included medication and positive airway pressure devices or the need to undergo a delicate surgery. But with this new implant, patients can lead a normal life without much discomfort.

Why Is It a Big Issue?

Sleep Apnea is a disorder where patients’ lungs do not function normally during sleep. This happens when the nerves carrying signals from the brain are unable to transmit information to the lungs.

Sleep Apnea Diagram
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During such times, the patents witness pauses in the normal breathing pattern, which can last from a few seconds to several minutes.

While on the other hand, central sleep apnea is a condition where the brain completely fails to send any signals to the lungs, causing an individual to stop breathing for 10 seconds or more before normal breathing is resumed.

Rahul Gupta

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