After years of suffering from an undiagnosed case of sleep apnea, your husband has finally been prescribed a BiPAP machine. Slightly different from a CPAP machine, the prescribing doctor hopes that this will be the solution to your husband’s sleep apnea problems that put him at risk for many other health conditions, including stroke and other heart problems.
And while the CPAP machine is often the solution, a BiPAP mask and a machine is a better answer. The fact that the a BiPAP can also be adjusted to include a breath timing feature which measures the amount of breaths a minute a person should take. The machine can force the person to breath by temporarily increasing the air pressure whenever the time between breaths exceeds the adjusted limit.
Consider some of these facts and figures about the danger of sleep apnea and the treatment options that are available:
- Sleep apnea is a condition that affects as many as an 18 million Americans.
- As many as 80% of patients who say they use their CPAP machine do not use it enough to keep them safe. Unfortunately, if a CPAP or BiPAP machine is not used as instructed it will not help the way it can.
- Four hours a night, at least 70% of the time over a 30 day period is the amount of time that a CPAP machine needs to be used if it is to be effective, and if it is going to be covered by insurance.
- Every CPAP and BiPAP provider offers a wide selection of CPAP masks and other accessories. Taking the time to find out what accessories work the best is a way to increase the chance that the products will be used on a regular basis.
- Realizing the importance of a BiPAP mask and the other prescribed accessories means that you will be able to receive the benefits of a machine that can help you monitor your sleeping habits and promote a more healthy breathing pattern.
- Sleep apnea is a condition that is almost twice as common in men as it is in women.
- Letting sleep apnea go untreated means that sufferers may be three times as likely to have heart disease.
- Estimates indicate that 2% to 4% of Americans have an undiagnosed case of sleep apnea. This translates into as many as one of every 50 sleep apnea sufferers being undiagnosed.
- Every person who has an untreated case of sleep apnea faces a risk of stroke that is four times as likely as a person who is not afflicted with sleep apnea.
- People who use a BiPAP mask sometimes find that this adjustable machine can use a breath timing feature to measure the number of breaths a minute a person should be taking.