You may not take sleep apnea seriously, but it is a debilitating chronic disorder affecting around 18 million Americans which quite often goes undiagnosed and which, if left untreated, can lead to the following long – term health problems:
- Increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, and diabetes
- Increased risk of, or worsen, heart failure
- Arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeats, become more likely
- Increased chance of having work-related or driving accidents
Sleep apnea is one of the most mischievous diseases, as it manifests only while you sleep, letting you completely oblivious of its severity and symptoms. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute,
Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.
Sleep apnea doesn’t quite have an efficient treatment or cure, although specialists all over the world came up with a series of interventions meant to ease the life of suffering patients. But the recent news in the field of medical technology are not only encouraging, but also true hope givers to the ones living with the condition for many years: the first implant for sleep apnea obtained FDA approval.
What is this one of a kind, first implant for sleep apnea?
According to the specialists developing it,
The device contains a small neurostimulation generator that is surgically implanted in the chest, along with a lead that stimulates a nerve that runs from the ear to the jaw, and another sensing lead that goes to the chest.