Potential Health Problems of Patients Using CPAP

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Improvements in technologies have brought a lot of benefits which the general populations are lauding nowadays. The discovery of these technologies paved way for a rapid and accurate diagnosis, immediate and prompt treatment, and convenience for many patients who are availing the said technologies. Researchers and scientists are still on the verge of discovering many things which could actually be of significance as far as health care is concern.

However, the use of these technologies also have some drawbacks which can either be inevitable because it is already inherently present or negative effects which can have some solutions at the end of the day. Some of the drawbacks include: high cost of the modernized equipment which can actually make the patient pay a higher amount of their money just to afford the services of that equipment, also, presence of some technical problems may be observed.

Recently, the United States National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute have identified some problems which can be acquired by the person using a specific machine known as the CPAP.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is a specific machine which is usually advised by many health care professionals to their patients with sleep apnea, a sleeping disorder in which the person has pauses in his breathings, to use. This machine functions by using continuous positive pressure to maintain a continuous level of positive airway pressure. In other words, this machine uses a mild pressure in order to keep the airway open for those individuals who have sleep apnea where the airway closes during pauses in breathing.

According to the United States National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, certain problems were identified and this necessitates measures which can alter the problems. Some of the problems identified by the institution are as follows: it’s been a month since the patient first started using the CPAP, or six to 12 months since the last adjustment of the patient; the patientis using another sleep apnea treatment, such as a mouthpiece; the patient continue to feel sleepy during the day; and the patient has gained or lost a significant amount of weight since starting the device.

Moreover, the things listed above were just the signs that problems are occurring with the use of CPAP. Still, experts suggest that in order for the patient to achieve best results, he needs to ask his physician to have certain readjustments after the initial use of the machine.





  1. I know someone who uses a CPAP. I didn’t know what it stands for, and I suspect she doesn’t either. As far as I know, she does not have any problems from it.

  2. I can add some real problemst:
    a) CPAP is noisy
    b) If the face mask moves – I get cold air on me, quite annoying to be woken up by this
    c) hubby developed sinuses problems
    d) what a drag to travel with it
    We are now sorry we did not take action at the begining of the problem, we should have acted when hubby was just snoring, it would thna be a whole different game today.

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