Navigation Links
Memory Improves After Sleep Apnea Therapy

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may improve their memory by using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). A new study shows that the majority of patients// with OSA, who were memory-impaired prior to treatment, demonstrated normal memory performance after 3 months of optimal CPAP use. The study also showed that memory improvement varied based on CPAP adherence. Patients who used CPAP for at least 6 hours a night were nearly eight times as likely to demonstrate normal memory abilities compared with patients who used CPAP for 2 or fewer hours a night.

“Patients with OSA often complain of daily forgetfulness, eg, losing their keys, forgetting phone numbers, or forgetting to complete daily tasks,” said senior study author Mark S. Aloia, PhD, National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, CO, who conducted his research while at Brown University Medical School, Providence, RI. “Where memory is concerned, we may have the ability to reverse some of the impairments by providing effective and consistent use of CPAP treatment.”

Dr. Aloia and colleagues examined the degree to which varying levels of CPAP adherence improved memory in 58 memory-impaired patients with clinically diagnosed OSA. All patients underwent cognitive evaluation involving verbal memory testing prior to initiation of CPAP and at a 3-month follow-up visit. Patients were prescribed CPAP machines, and adherence was covertly monitored using internal microprocessors within each device. After treatment, patients were divided into three groups based on their 3-month CPAP adherence: (1) poor users (n=14), patients who averaged fewer than 2 hours/night of CPAP use; (2) moderate users (n=25), patients who averaged 2 to 6 hours/night of CPAP use; and (3) optimal users (n=19), patients who averaged more than 6 hours/night of CPAP use.

At baseline, all patients were found equally impaired in verbal memory, with the average verbal memory score being approximat ely 2 SD below the mean for all participants. Following 3 months of CPAP treatment, 21 percent of poor users, 44 percent of moderate users, and 68 percent of optimal users demonstrated normal memory performance. Compared with poor users, optimal users of CPAP were nearly eight times as likely to demonstrate normal memory abilities. Overall, the average verbal memory score for all patients improved approximately 1 SD.

“Moderate use of CPAP may help, but it might not allow patients to reach their full potential recovery where memory is concerned, especially if memory is impaired at baseline,” said Dr. Aloia. “For patients with OSA, the more regularly and consistently they use CPAP, the better off they will be.” Dr. Aloia believes that getting patients to use CPAP at least 6 hours a night could be a challenge for physicians.

“Our findings also suggest that this optimal level of CPAP adherence is uncommon following 3 months of treatment,” said Dr. Aloia. “We need to find ways of encouraging patients to use their treatment all night, every night in order to optimize treatment response.”

“CPAP has proven to be an effective treatment for patients with OSA, yet adherence to treatment remains poor,” said Mark J. Rosen, MD, FCCP, President of the American College of Chest Physicians. “Physicians should educate their patients with OSA about the importance of using CPAP consistently and discuss ways to overcome obstacles to adherence.”

Source-ewswise
SRM
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Memory problem? solve a crossword
2. Deep Sleep Doesnt Increase Memory
3. For a Better Memory
4. Memory loss associated with microbes
5. Memory loss always goes hand with Depression
6. Memory deprivation after operations
7. Sage Improves Memory
8. Memory said to automatically improve with age
9. Enzyme Associated with Memory
10. Enzyme Associated With Memory
11. New Drug Combination Found To Improve Memory in Alzheimer’s Patient
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:9/25/2017)... ... September 25, 2017 , ... ... its latest release of SentinelSecure™, version 3.0, will be available in a managed ... newest version of SentinelSecure™ comes with several new enhancements including support for caller ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... Pomona, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... September 25, 2017 , ... ... than $1.5 million to help cancer patients suffering from chemotherapy-evoked nausea and vomiting. ... Medicine of the Pacific (COMP). , The five-year grant is from the National ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... San Antonio (PRWEB) , ... September 25, 2017 , ... ... patient back in the 1970s or 1980s, with headgear so wired up and containing ... as Invisalign, orthodontics today is so discreet that its treatments can barely be observed. ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... September 25, 2017 , ... ... , an international competition, were announced on Friday, September 22 during a gala ... the human resources professionals, teams, achievements and HR-related products and suppliers who help ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... ... September 25, 2017 , ... How many things are on your ... the phrase “more than any sane human could possibly complete,” then you’re all too ... and are desperately trying to be everything to everybody all the time. , Self-proclaimed ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/6/2017)... 6, 2017 NeuroRx, a clinical stage biopharma company ... Behavior (ASIB), has been granted Fast Track status by the ... NRX-100 (ketamine HCl) followed by NRX-101 (D-cycloserine + lurasidone). The ... of this sequential therapy targeting patients who are admitted to ... ...
(Date:9/5/2017)... , Sept. 5, 2017  Getinge, a leading ... a vibrant charitable donation program -- "Color for ... congenital heart defect research by The Children,s Heart ... the general public are encouraged to download a ... the completed artwork to the gallery on the ...
(Date:9/1/2017)... Like Us ( https://explorerslikeus.com/ ) is embarking on "An American ... these experiences as part of Life Environments™, a new technology ... ... beats a walk, jog or simply playing in a garden ... next best thing when getting there isn’t possible. Life Environments™ ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: