Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
|Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Machine|
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Reasons for the Use of CPAP
- Decrease daytime sleepiness
- Decrease high blood pressure
- Decrease heartburn symptoms
- Improve quality of life
What to Expect
Prior to Getting a CPAP Machine
- Have a complete physical exam
- Have a stay in a sleep lab to determine the correct amount of airway pressure for you
- See a pulmonologist or an ear, nose, and throat specialist
- Quit smoking
- Lose weight
- Start a regular exercise program
Description of Machine Use
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
Call Your Doctor
- Cough or difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
- Feelings of dizziness, lightheadedness, or headache
- Ear pain that increases when using the CPAP machine
- Difficulty adjusting to the machine, beyond what is expected
American Academy of Otolaryngology http://www.entnet.org
American Lung Association http://www.lungusa.org
American Sleep Apnea Association http://www.sleepapnea.org
The Canadian Sleep Society (CSS) http://www.css.to
Canadian Society of Otolaryngology http://www.csohns.com
The Lung Association http://www.lung.ca
What is CPAP? National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/cpap. Updated December 13, 2011. Accessed May 28, 2013.
Chowdhuri S. Continuous positive airway pressure for the treatment of sleep apnea. Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America. 2007; 40(4):807-827.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us. Updated December 27, 2012. Accessed January 3, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2013 -
- Update Date: 05/11/2013 -