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CPAP Can Reverse Heart Damage

Monday, 03 April 2006 12:00 AM

Treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) can actually reverse some of the subtle heart damage often found in patients with long-term obstructive sleep apnea, according to a study from Belgium.

Dr. Bharati Shivalkar and colleagues at the University Hospital Antwerp did cardiac evaluations on 25 sleep apnea patients, before and after six-month of treatment with CPAP.

Before treatment the apnea patients all demonstrated poorer than normal indicators of cardiac function. These included high blood pressures, high heart rates, enlarged right ventricles, poor ventricular ejections fractions, and reduced stroke volumes.

However, six months of nightly treatment with CPAP reversed many of these findings, though not in all patients. The investigators also reported a significant reduction in daytime sleepiness in the CPAP-treated patients.

The team suggests that cardiologists utilize CPAP in selected patients to help treat key heart problems. The study appears in Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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