Reducing Sleep Apnea In Women
A recent study presented at the American Thoracic Society 2014 International Conference (Abstract #714) indicates that a new algorithm developed specifically for how female sleep apnea sufferers breathe and who use auto-adjusting positive airway pressure (APAP) therapy can improve flow limitation and enable lower pressures for therapy, leading to a more comfortable therapy experience.
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This new approach to APAP treatment addresses female-specific obstructive sleep apnea characteristics. Nigel McArdle, M.D., consultant physician and research scientist at the West Australian Sleep Disorders Research Institute, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, served as lead investigator on the trial and presented the findings from the study, funded by ResMed (NYSE: RMD). ResMed is the global leader in the treatment of sleep-disordered breathing and other respiratory conditions.
The study findings have the potential to better inform treatment decisions, improve therapy experiences, and increase compliance among women with sleep apnea, according to McArdle.