The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently found a new treatment for central sleep apnea safe enough to enter the market. The innovative product is an implantable device called the Remedē System. It works by reaching out to the nerve located in the chest and stimulating it to do its job more efficiently. The primary task of this fiber is to signal the diaphragm to contract itself in order to achieve a deeper breath.
The Central Sleep Apnea Occurs When the Brain Doesn’t Signal the Diaphragm Anymore
Tina Kiang, acting director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, talked about the benefits of diversity in treatments. Every person comes with different needs that doctors can better address if they have several remedies under their disposal. Therefore, the advent of a new solution to a respiratory condition is bound to bring more patients closer to a certain point of comfort that defines a healthy life.
Director Kiang urges people to consult their doctors before adopting the new treatment. Only professionals can understand how a certain person could cope with the risks and benefits of an implantable device.
The central sleep apnea is a condition that disrupts people’s quality of life, especially when sleeping. It is the result of the brain failing to send signals to the diaphragm to breathe. As a consequence, people who suffer from this condition can often live 10 seconds at a time without being able to breathe at all.
According to the National Institute of Health’s National Center on Sleep Disorder Research, CSA is not to be taken lightly. The condition can severely affect the quality of sleep. As a result, it can lead to other health issues such as heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and heart failure.
The New Device Consists of Battery Pack and Wires That Must Be Implanted Under Skin
At the moment, the healthcare industry people who suffer from moderate to severe sleep apnea several solutions. They can choose to take medication, rely on positive airway pressure devices or accept surgery.
The Remedē System is a kind of a battery pack that surgeons can implant under the skin. Its location has to be in the upper chest area. Afterward, the surgery will require the insertion of small wires into blood vessels. Their function is to stimulate the phrenic nerve to improve the breathing process.
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