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Study Confirms Provent® Therapy Effectively Treats Sleep Apnea Patients Who Are Non-Compliant with CPAP Therapy
Date:2/14/2011

 The data from this study indicate that the Provent Device is a beneficial treatment for approximately forty percent of patients who are unwilling or unable to tolerate CPAP therapy," said James K. Walsh, PhD, Executive Director of the Sleep Medicine and Research Center at St. Luke's Hospital in Missouri.

"These findings are significant as millions of people in the US are currently not being treated for their OSA.  As these people go untreated, they are at higher risk of serious conditions such as hypertension, stroke and heart attacks," added Dr. Walsh, who is also President of the Sleep Research Society.

Sleep Apnea: A Dangerous ConditionObstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep-disordered breathing. In patients with OSA, the airway collapses during sleep when the muscles that hold the airway open relax. People with this disorder can stop breathing while sleeping---in some cases hundreds of times each night---usually for periods of ten seconds or longer. Although some people with sleep apnea don't know they have the condition, they snore and may wake themselves up as they gasp for air. It is often their sleep partner who is aware of these symptoms and will urge them to go to the doctor.

It is estimated that more than 40 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea.  Sleep apnea can cause fatigue, early morning headaches, irritability, lack of concentration, and contributes to depression, learning and memory difficulties, and sexual dysfunction. Importantly, many recent studies have shown that OSA is associated with high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, heart attack, stroke and diabetes.

Unfortunately, OSA often goes undiagnosed and therefore untreated. Of the patients that do receive treatment, most are prescribed a CPAP machine. While extremely effective at treating OSA if worn as directed, more than half of all patients stop treatment with CPAP due to its cumbersome nature. Provent Therapy was devel
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