Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Bad Night’s Sleep May Raise Blood Pressure in Kids

By Denise Mann
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Dec. 16, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Kids who don’t get enough sleep at night may experience a slight spike in their blood pressure the next day even if they are not overweight or obese, a new study suggests.

The research included 143 kids aged 10 to 18 who spent one night in a sleep lab for observation. They also wore a 24-hour blood pressure monitor and kept a seven-day sleep diary.

The participants were all normal weight. None had significant sleep apnea — a condition characterized by disrupted breathing during sleep. The sleep disorder has been linked to high blood pressure.

According to the findings, just one less hour of sleep per night led to an increase of 2 millimeters of mercury (mm/Hg) in systolic blood pressure. That’s the top number in a blood pressure reading. It gauges the pressure of blood moving through arteries.

One less hour of nightly sleep also led to a 1 mm/Hg rise in diastolic blood pressure. That’s bottom number, which measures the resting pressure in the arteries between heart beats.

Catching up on sleep over the weekend can help improve blood pressure somewhat, but is not enough to reverse this effect entirely, report researchers led by Chun Ting Au, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
So, even though the overall effect of sleep loss on blood pressure was small, it could have implications for risk of heart disease in the future, they suggested.

Exactly how lost sleep leads to increases in blood pressure is not fully understood, but Au and colleagues speculate that it may give rise to increases in stress hormones, which are known to affect blood pressure. The findings are published online Dec. 16 and in the January print issue of Pediatrics.

Participants in the study slept anywhere from seven hours or less to more than 10 hours. The less sleep they got, the higher their blood pressure was the following day.

U.S. experts said the new findings emphasize the importance of good quality sleep for all kids.

“The study separates the effect of sleep apnea from sleep loss, and conclusively shows that sleep loss in the absence of sleep apnea raises both systolic and diastolic blood pressure,” said Dr. Sanjeev Kothare, a pediatric sleep expert at NYU Langone Medical Center, in New York City.

“Pediatricians must screen for diabetes, and [high blood pressure] in teenagers with sleep loss besides screening for snoring and sleep apnea in obese teenagers,” Kothare said.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, children aged 5 to 12 need 10 to 11 hours of sleep. Teens need about 9.25 hours of sleep each night to function best, but for some, 8.5 hours is enough.

“Being healthy is not only getting regular exercise and eating right, but also trying to get the appropriate amount of sleep,” said Dr. Rubin Cooper, chief of pediatric cardiology at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, in New Hyde Park, N.Y.

To encourage better sleep, “start a bedtime routine that helps your children wind down before bed and limit texting or social media at night,” Cooper said. “Keep a similar schedule on weekdays and weekends.” Other sleep hygiene tips include avoiding caffeine before bedtime.

These measures may be even more important among kids who are overweight and obese. “If you have kids who are staying up late and getting up early on top of obesity and sleep apnea, it is the perfect storm,” Cooper said. But exactly how big of a difference better sleep would make in this scenario is unknown, he noted.

Although the study found an association between kids getting less sleep and a slight increase in blood pressure, it did not establish a cause-and-effect relationship.

The bottom line is that “sleep isn’t optional for adolescents,” said Dr. Metee Comkornruecha, an adolescent medicine specialist at Miami Children’s Hospital.

More information

Find tips on improving sleep at the National Sleep Foundation.

Resources: Health.Com

Friday, December 13, 2013

Treating Sleep Apnea May Lower Hard-to-Control Blood Pressure

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, Dec. 10 (HealthDay News) — People with sleep apnea and hard-to-control high blood pressure may see their blood pressure drop if they treat the sleep disorder, Spanish researchers report.
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the standard treatment for sleep apnea, a condition characterized by disrupted breathing during sleep. The sleep disorder has been linked to high blood pressure.
Patients in this study were taking three or more drugs to lower their blood pressure, in addition to having sleep apnea. Participants who used the CPAP device for 12 weeks reduced their diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number in a blood pressure reading) and improved their overall nighttime blood pressure, the researchers found.


“The prevalence of sleep apnea in patients with resistant [high blood pressure] is very high,” said lead researcher Dr. Miguel-Angel Martinez-Garcia, from the Polytechnic University Hospital in Valencia.
“This [sleep apnea] treatment increases the probability of recovering the normal nocturnal blood pressure pattern,” he said. Patients with resistant high blood pressure should undergo a sleep study to rule out obstructive sleep apnea, Martinez-Garcia said. “If the patient has sleep apnea, he should be treated with CPAP and undergo blood pressure monitoring.”

The report, published in the Dec. 11 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, was partly funded by Philips-Respironics, maker of the CPAP system used in the study.

The CPAP system consists of a motor that pushes air through a tube connected to a mask that fits over the patient’s mouth and nose. The device keeps the airway from closing, and thus allows continuous sleep.
Sleep apnea is a common disorder. The pauses in breathing that patients experience can last from a few seconds to minutes and they can occur 30 times or more an hour.

As a result, sleep quality is poor, making sleep apnea a leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a spokesman for the American Heart Association and professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, agrees that most patients with hard-to-control high blood pressure also suffer from sleep apnea.

“Close to three out of four patients with resistant [high blood pressure] have been found to have obstructive sleep apnea, and this sleep apnea may contribute to the difficulty to control the blood pressure in these patients,” he said.

Although this study showed a benefit from CPAP in controlling blood pressure, questions remain about the treatment’s overall effectiveness, Fonarow said.

“Whether these improvements in blood pressure can be sustained in the long term and will translate to improved health outcomes will require additional studies,” he said. According to the chief medical liaison for Philips Respironics, Dr. Teofilo Lee-Chiong, the CPAP device allows the patient to sleep, and thus lets the blood pressure drop normally as it would at night.

“Patients have to get used to it, and most patients do,” said Lee-Chiong, who is also a professor of medicine at National Jewish Health at the University of Colorado Denver.

The sound of the device is akin to a fan and can be lessened by placing the device under the bed or using earplugs, he added.

The cost of CPAP machines vary but can range from a few hundred dollars to $1,000, Lee-Chiong said. CPAP is covered by most insurance, including Medicare, he noted.

For the study, Martinez-Garcia and colleagues randomly assigned 194 patients with sleep apnea and high blood pressure to CPAP or no CPAP. During the study the patients continued to take their blood pressure medications.

The researchers found that those receiving CPAP lowered their 24-hour average blood pressure 3.1 mm Hg more than those not receiving CPAP.

In addition, those treated with CPAP had a 3.2 mm Hg greater reduction in 24-hour average diastolic blood pressure.

The difference in systolic pressure wasn’t statistically significant between the two treatment groups, the researchers noted.

Over the 12 weeks of the study, about 36 percent of those receiving CPAP had at least a 10 percent drop in nighttime blood pressure, compared with 22 percent of patients not receiving CPAP, they added.
The systolic pressure, the top number, measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats. The diastolic pressure, the bottom number, measures the pressure in the arteries between beats.

More information

For more information on sleep apnea, visit the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Resources: http://news.health.com/2013/12/10/treating-sleep-apnea-may-lower-hard-to-control-blood-pressure/

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

How Respironics Trilogy 100 - Helping COPD Patients Breathe Easier?

In case no one has informed you lately, there is now new hope for Respiratory Failure patients in their own home. In days past, typical COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) patients that retain CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) had little choice but to go to the emergency room and incur a hospital stay; typically in the Intensive Care Unit. Mechanical ventilation or some other type of respiratory assist device would be used to help get their carbon dioxide levels under control and they would be sent back home, only to repeat the process several days later.

Introducing the Trilogy 100








Now, thanks to Phillips/Respironics and your local durable medical equipment (DME) company---you have a new option. The device is called a Trilogy and operates as a ventilator does, but does so non-invasively. That means no tube has to be put into the trachea and the device can be used with a mask, similar to a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) or BiLevel machine. This means the patient's comfort level is increased tremendously and they can breathe much easier as well.

I recently had a patient tell me, "This thing has changed my life. In fact, I believe it's saved my life because before using it, I could never get enough air." Testimonials such as this one are numerous and those of us working in the medical field are delighted to hear them. Making a difference in someone's life and taking care of problems are some of the main reasons most of us are in the medical field.

On the technical side, the Phillips/Respironics Trilogy can used both invasively and non-invasively and the controls and parameters are adjustable in much the same way hospital ventilators are. Modes of ventilation offered are VC, PC, AC, SIMV and BiPAP S, T or S/T. You can set the Tidal Volumes, Frequency, Inspiratory Time, choose between Square and Ramp wave forms and it includes all the bells and whistles that are typical of most vents. The advantage for someone requiring control of their CO2 retention is that the device can not only offer tidal volume control, but also has pressure support in it's AVAPS setting, making the device easier to breathe through than a standard Bilevel device.

Whether, you are a patient, have a family member who you feel would benefit or are a patient advocate for a Respiratory Failure patient and feel the Trilogy would be of benefit, talk with your doctor, case manager or medical equipment company and help someone who "can't seem to get enough air" finally breathe easier.

For Orders Call 877-290-8636 or Visit our Product Page on: Request Order Trilogy 100

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Monday, December 9, 2013

COPD Patients Can Claim Normal Life Back

Yes, a COPD patient recovered after a severe COPD problems. You too can do the same with constant treatments that can help in expanding your successful life. 

There are lot of factors that may affect life but COPD is one of the worst of them. There are different types of treatments about COPD but only few might works well. The main problem of COPD is losing breathe due to damage lungs.

There's no cure for COPD, and you can't undo the damage to your lungs. But COPD treatments can control symptoms, reduce your risk of complications and exacerbations, and improve your ability to lead an active life.

Some patient claims that COPD can be best treated with Surgery. Others rely on the most simple way to fight against this kind of disease. One of the best therapies that may help will be oxygen concentration. Supplemental oxygen can lessen your burden of catching breathe.

Two of the Most Common Therapies That Works

Two of the most common therapies are oxygen therapy and Pulmonary rehabilitation program. 
Oxygen therapy. If there isn't enough oxygen in your blood, you may need supplemental oxygen. There are several devices to deliver oxygen to your lungs, including lightweight, portable units that you can take with you to run errands and get around town. Some people with COPD use oxygen only during activities or while sleeping. Others use oxygen all the time. Oxygen therapy can improve heart function, exercise capacity, depression, mental clarity and quality of life. In some people, it may also extend life. Talk to your doctor about your needs and options.

Pulmonary rehabilitation program. Comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation may be able to decrease the length of any hospitalizations you require, increase your ability to participate in everyday activities and improve your quality of life. These programs typically combine education, exercise training, nutrition advice and counseling. If you are referred to a program, you'll probably work with a range of health care professionals, including physical therapists, respiratory therapists, exercise specialists and dietitians. These specialists can tailor your rehabilitation program to meet your needs.

When exacerbations occur, you may need additional medications, supplemental oxygen or treatment in the hospital. Once symptoms improve, you'll want to take measures to prevent future exacerbations. This may include quitting smoking, avoiding indoor and outdoor pollutants as much as possible, exercise and treatment for GERD. 

Learn more about COPD Here


Thursday, November 21, 2013

What's New With Comfort Gel Full Face Mask?

If you have been looking for comfort while using your CPAP machine this new released of Philips Respironics Comfort Gel Full Face Mask is the answer. It's a first class upgrade for patients who need Full-Face mask.

"The ComfortGel Full mask - our First full-face mask with a replaceable cushion - reflects a commitment to innovate, practical product development that's been a Respironics hallmark for more than 30 years. Our popular blue gel and sure seal technology (SST) will make it a patient favorite. Homecare providers also will appreciate its all new design and our new approach to cushion resupply. We're confident you'll think the ComfortGel Full mask is in a class of its own."
New features

  • Premium forehead pad enhances comfort and fit.
  • Premium headgear provides patient comfort and mask stability.
  • StabilitySelector moves freely and is easy to adjust.
  • O2 pick-off port for pressure measurement.
  • Angled exhalation micro ports make operation quieter and redirect air away from a bed partner.
  • Ball-and-socket Quick Clips mean freer movement and easy mask removal.



ComfortGel CPAP Mask
Based on the worldwide popularity of the Respironics Comfort Gel Nasal CPAP mask, Respironics has developed the innovative and practical Philips Respironics Comfort Gel Full Face CPAP mask, for CPAP users who require a full face mask to ensure maximum compliance. Featuring the highly popular Respironics blue gel, plus the advanced sure seal technology flap, the Comfort Gel Full Face CPAP mask is a first-class upgrade for patients who are searching for the perfect full face CPAP mask. The advanced design incorporates a replaceable blue gel cushion and silicone flap, combining the comfort of gel with the proven seal of an inflated cushion.

With an all-new full face mask design and easy-to-clean pieces, the Comfort Gel Full Face CPAP mask makes sense for many full face CPAP users who cannot find comfort in their current mask choice.


The adjustable forehead attachment allows adjustments to be made to decrease pressure points on a CPAP users face. The Respironics Comfort Gel Full Face CPAP mask is an excellent choice for any mouth breather whether on CPAP or BiPAP therapy. This Full Face CPAP mask can be used with any manufactures CPAP or BiPAP machine. Easily obtained replacement parts ensures extended use, without having to purchase the entire CPAP mask.

Here are the accessories or other parts of the ComfortGel that needs replacement every three months to maintain its quality and functionality.







Note: Upon ordering from here or to PulmonarySolutions.net we encourage you to get a prescriptions from your physician because we are authenticating your records.



Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Best Of Easy Pulse Portable Oxygen Concentrator In 5 Liters Per Minute

What does can EasyPulse Portable Oxygen Concentrator do in 5 Litters per minute at 6lbs. 6 hours of battery life with additional battery pack. 3.2 hours on interneal battery. All cords included.















Perfect for Non-Delivery Oxygen Mode

When paired with the EasyFlow5 concentrator, The EasyPulse POC is the perfect product to help you reduce costly cylinder deliveries and allow for your patients ease of mobility at the same time. We have meshed the best of 2 products together, the most used oxygen conserver on the market with an oxygen concentrator to produce the
EasyPulse POC.

Easy to Use

The EasyPulse POC has an easy user interface. Just like the stationary concentrator patients use at home, one knob easily sets the oxygen flow. Unlike many other POC's, there are no confusing electronic controls. An easy to read battery level indicator and an alarm LED are also included.

Compact and Lightweight

The EasyPulse POC is the lightest 5 Liter portable concentrator on the market, weighing only 6.8 pounds in a package that is only 10.1 in high x 6.5 in wide x 4.5 in deep.

CMV Technology

Precision Medical's patented Controlled Minute Volume (CMV) oxygen conserving technology delivers a consistent amount of oxygen per minute to the patient in the first half of inspiration, regardless of breath rate. The delivered oxygen volume automatically adjusts to the patient's breath rate, maintaining minute volume.

Versatile

Can be used both in and out of the carry bag provide with each unit as well as the optional premium bag that provides even more protection against possible damage while allowing whisper quiet operation.

Low Maintenance

Only one filter that is easily cleaned by the patient.

Excellent Battery Life

The EasyPulse POC standard internal battery lasts over 3 hours at setting two. The unit can also be used with the AC cord or with the DC car adapter.


Manufacturer Note: Rx Required upon ordering this product and you can order it via our website at Pulmonary Solutions

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

How Can Contour CPAP Pillow Helps Sleep Apnea Patients?

SLEEP COMFORTABLY & IN COMPLIANCE ALL NIGHT!

GOOD NEWS! If you can't sleep comfortably at night while on cpap therapy, there is a solution. Pulmonary Solutions is offering you a way to be comfortable while you were on your CPAP therapy. The answer is the original color coded Contour CPAP Pilow

Our original Contour CPAP Pillow boasts a more cushioned and supportive molded foam base plus a dual fabric design. The silky, quilted material follows the pillows contours so your CPAP mask and shoulders easily glide over these areas as you move throughout the night, all while your head is cushioned by soft velour. This sleep apnea pillow promotes proper support and contact free CPAP mask use. The pillow cover easily zips off for washing and additional replacement covers are available individually as are form-fitting pillow cases.

For updates: New: CPAP Comfort Kits - Great for new CPAP Users! Our CPAP Comfort Kits include a CPAP Pillow, a custom fit pillow case, a canister of Contour CPAP Wipes and a 6' CPAP Hose Cover. You'll save 10% off entire bundled price!  Great gift idea for anyone diagnosed with sleep apnea.

Contour CPAP Pillow Features:


  •     Inclined forehead support to keep face from rotating downward
  •     Designed so CPAP masks do not hit pillows
  •     Keeps spine aligned and neck supported
  •     Provides users with freedom of movement during sleep
  •     Decreases chance of throat collapse by lifting chin away from chest
  •     Ideal for side, back, and stomach sleepers
  •     Enables better air flow, preventing leaks and pressures on face
  •     Works with all styles and brands of masks
  •     Helps lessen snoring by increasing air flow
Updated Images:
Color Coded CPAP Pillow





Product Reviews:

1.Good Pillow

Posted by Unknown on 4th Nov 2013

Since my husband is accustom to a softer pillow it will take a few nights to adjust to this one. He is having trouble with his spine so this new pillow should help.

2. Great!

Posted by Micahel on 21st May 2013

Great! I love it, makes sleeping easy again.

3. Highly Recommend This CPAP Pillow To All Sleep Apnea Patients

Posted by Peter on 21st May 2013

I have used the Cloud Pillow and loved it but I was having problems sleeping after I started using a cpap air machine. My best friend gave me you CPAP pillow to try and it is fantastic. I recommend it to everyone!!!

4. As CPAP supplier, this is just great!

Posted by Kevin on 21st May 2013

As a CPAP user (5 yr) and retailer of CPAP Supplies for over 25 years, this is the best accessory to CPAP use to EVER come along. On trips it goes right in my carry-on with my CPAP. It cradles my head AND allows me to roll on my side without the mask being shoved over and leaking. The neck roll at the bottom is just right to support the neck. Thanks for a great product.

5. First Full Nights Rest With the Contour CPAP

Posted by Debbie on 21st May 2013

I have used a CPAP machine for 4 years. The CPAP Pillow gave me my first full night of sleep. I did not wake up once with a leaky mask blowing air in my eyes. My husband was supposed to use the mask but he could not until he used the pillow. It is a great pillow.

You have been given a choice of freedom and this contour pillow will surely be your next solution to having uncomfortable situation during sleeping while on CPAP therapy. You can now order your Contour CPAP pillow at Pulmonary Solutions.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Does System One REMstar Pro CPAP with Heated Humidifier, 6 ft Heated Air Tubing from Philips Respironics Works?

You have been wondering why you have been sleeping with enemy. You may call it whatever you like but in my case I would like to call it enemy because it may turned into death if not treated. I have been diagnose with sleep apnea and required to use CPAP machine. I am curious about it at first and later on find it as my own way of helping others to counter sleep apnea and copd cases. 

Talking about CPAP machines I can give you my best choice. The System One REMstar Pro CPAP with Heated Humidifier from Philips Respironics. I have been using it for years and never it failed me. I am very much anxious about it at first but later on I became comfortable on it.

What is System One REMstar Pro CPAP with Heated Humidifier?

The Philips-Respironics "System One" REMstar Pro with AutoIQ has all of the features available with the original REMstar Pro but with added benefits to ensure the patient receives the proper care and compliance. The System One’s newest addition of sleep therapy has a system smart enough to track and deliver breath-by-breath therapy for up to 30 days while it learns the patient treatment needs. The two new features are Auto-Trial and Auto-Check. 

Auto-Trial and Auto-Check

The Auto-Trial phase gathers information and based on what it learns, it then sets a fixed pressure and converts to the Auto-Check phase. The Auto-Check then checks back every 30 hours just to see if the therapy pressure it established is still on track. If not, the device will automatically adjust to obtain an ideal pressure. All of this without the need to send someone from the care team to the patients homes. 

C-Flex+ is Respironics’ newest enhancement to comfort when in fixed CPAP mode. Like C-Flex, C-Flex+ provides flow-based pressure relief at the beginning of exhalation. Like A-Flex, C-Flex+ softens the pressure transition from inhalation to exhalation to provide additional comfort in fixed-CPAP mode. 

The System One resistance control allows the patient to tell the machine what type of mask you are using such as a nasal, full face, or nasal pillow. The machine then makes adjustments for optimal flow depending on your mask. Each Respironics mask will now come with a resistance control setting letting you know how to set your machine to match your mask. 

Philips-Respironics has upgraded their event detection algorithm to include data on Snoring, Periodic Breathing (PB), Respiratory Effort-Related Arousals (RERAs), Apnea Hyponea Index (AHI), leak, Clear Airway Apnea (CA), Obstructed Airway Apnea (OA), and Hyponea (HY). The REMstar Pro will also record Patterns of use and Flow waveform data. With this information, your physician will be able to better determine the best possible solutions for your sleep therapy. 

The PR System One uses a SD card for data collection. Prior to the System One, patients were required to use a specialized card reader when uploading sleep data to a computer. Philips-Respironics has made this process easier by using the standard SD card, giving the patient the ability to use any SD reader to upload sleep data. 

Philips-Respironics also listened to user feedback when designing the System One Heated Humidifier. A cleverly designed water chamber works with a built in Dry Box to virtually eliminate water getting into the machine during normal use. Even with a water chamber filled to the FULL line, the machine can be tilted and even turned upside down without leaking water back into the unit*. Furthermore, System One Humidity Control monitors room temperature, room humidity, and flow to determine what is required to maintain your selected humidity setting, even when environmental conditions change. Because of this, you can be assured that your therapy comfort will be maximized by virtually eliminating rain-out and condensation buildup in the tubing. 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

What Makes Flexible Performance Tubing The Best On Its Kind?

You have been using Machines that requires Flexible Performance Tubing. Philips Respironics is providing a Flexible Performance Tubing. Performance Tubing is 20% lighter and many times more flexible than standard tubing. It works well with smaller, lightweight masks, as it is less likely to pull on the mask and disrupt the seal.

Performance Tubing is 20% lighter and many times more flexible than standard tubing. It works well with smaller, lightweight masks, as it is less likely to pull on the mask and disrupt the seal. The ergonomically designed cuff is easier to grasp and remove from the mask or tubing. With a standard 6-foot length, cuff diameters and wall thickness, Performance Tubing can be easily substituted for standard tubing. The white color provides quick visual differentiation from standard gray tubing.

Respironics Flexible Performance Tubing
New from Respironics, the premium Performance Tubing for your CPAP or BiPAP machine is lightweight, flexible, and preferred by CPAP users for the relief of the tugging, pulling, and tangling experienced with standard CPAP tubing. Respironics Performance Tubing is 20% lighter than standard tubing and many times more flexible, making it the perfect choice for smaller, lightweight masks that have easily disturbed seals.
Performance Tubing for CPAP and BiPAP machines is 20% lighter and many times more flexible than standard tubing.


With a standard 6-foot length -Respironics Performance Tubing can be easily substituted for the standard tubing used with most CPAP and BiPAP machines.
The bright white color of the tubing is more visually pleasing than the dull gray of standard CPAP tubing.
Product Specifications:

  •  It works well with smaller, lightweight masks (such as the Respironics OptiLife)
  •  The ergonomically designed cuff is easier to grasp and remove from the mask or tubing.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Do You Need Respironics M Series Auto BiPAP with Bi-Flex, Humidifier, Tubing and Carrying Case

I have checked details of this great cpap machine Respironics M Series Auto BiPAP with Bi-Flex, Humidifier, tubing and carrying case. I found out that there are lots of request on this product so I started to check the label and specs to know what makes this popular on cpap world.

If you have been diagnose to deal with sleep apnea I have a good news for you. You have a treatment and this is the Respironics M Series Auto BiPAP with Bi-Flex, Humidifier, tubing and carrying case. For the specs here it is:

REMstar Auto M Series BiPAP Specifications:
Modes of Operation: Bilevel and Auto Bilevel
Pressure Range: 4 to 25 cm H2O
Ramp Time : 0 to 45 min. (5-min. increments)
Starting Ramp Pressure: 4 to CPAP; patient-adjustable
Dimensions: 7.5"(L) x 5.0"(W) x 3.1"(H)
Weight: 2.2 lbs / 1kg
Filters: Pollen and ultra-fine
Device Set-up: LCD/keypad and SmartCard
Data Storage Capacity: Display: 7 and 30 day averages SmartCard: 6 months at 3 usage sessions per day, 7 days in-depth analysis
Data Storage Content: SmartCard: Date/time, hours of use, usage patterns, AHI, leak, snore, FOSQ
Compliance Meter: Breathing detection
Altitude Compensation: Automatic
Electrical Requirements: 100 - 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Humidification: Optional Integrated Heated Humidifier and Pass-over Humidifier
Warranty: 2 years
Special User Features : Lighted EDs, Auto on/off, mask off alert, patient reminders

The M-Series BiPAP Auto with Bi-Flex was a good machine manufactured by Respironics. There were two different models of humidifiers during the lifespan of the M-Series Platform. Here are the key differences between the Heated Humidifiers:

Original M-Series Heated Humidifier: (Obsolete)
Disconnected from the machine by the machine being pulled forward and once released from the peg, lifted up for removal.
Compatible Water Chamber is the: M-Series R2 Chamber Kit which has side by side opening and are square.

DC Standalone Heated Humidifier:
Disconnected from the machine by lifting the front bottom of the machine and removing from the humidifier. There are two pegs in the humidifier that line up with two holes in the machine.
Compatible Water Chamber is the: M-Series R3 Chamber Kit which has 2 offset round openings.

Need to purchase the products you can check out list of Bi-level PAP on Pulmonary Solutions.



Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Why Does Philips Respironics System One Auto CPAP Machine Becomes Popular?

If you are suffering from sleep apnea and your sleep specialist prescribed you to use CPAP machines you might as well ask for a recommended cpap machines for you. What other's don't know is that we are getting more request of CPAP machines from Respironics System One Auto. What make's this Respironics System One Auto Popular? So here it is.

Built with you in mind. A CPAP machine which is more intelligent and flexible than any previous Philips Respironics model. The PR System One Auto 60 Series features a host of innovative technologies and features that improve the user’s overall CPAP therapy experience. Built on a platform of comfort through flexibility, the PR System One Auto 60 series combines proven technology with smart upgrades to optimize and enhance any CPAP users CPAP therapy experience.

Clinically Proven A-Flex Technology:  Clinically proven PR System One Auto algorithm enhance comfort by matching pressure delivery to natural breathing cycle. A-Flex provides pressure relief at the beginning of exhalation while softening pressure transition from inhalation to exhalation. By mirroring the users natural breathing, the algorithms intelligence will respond to the user’s needs on a breath by breath basis. Delivering the right amount of pressure relief and the correct time enables users to become and remain more compliant. Adapting to the PR One System One Auto 60 series with A-Flex is easier and more comfortable than ever before. Clinically proven A- flex technology enhances traditional pressure therapy to improve comfort. In fact, users may never go back to traditional, constant therapy again.

Whisper Quiet Sound Levels: Both user and bed partner benefit from Whisper Quiet technology in the PR System One Auto 60 series. The PR System One Auto 60 Series is one of the quietest devices on the market delivering a more restful and comfortable night’s sleep. It is not only quiet when it is turned on but when it matters most; when CPAP users are breathing on it. The System One Auto’s WhisperSmart technology brings noise levels down further than any leading manufacturer’s device. In fact, independent comparison tests show the PR System One Auto 60 series 25% quieter than the ResMed S9 Autoset.

Be Informed with Advanced Data Storage: The PR System One Auto 60 series addresses advance sleep assessment parameters. By providing AHI, leak and flow limitation, optimal therapy can be designed to meet the users specific needs. More importantly, the PR System One Auto 60 Series can indentify symptoms beyond classic OSA and indicate the potential need for specialized treatment. Depending on model, storage includes:  Visual Inspection Compliance, 7 and 30 day averages, Hours of Use.  SD Card: Flow Limitation, Respiratory Effort Related Arousal, Snore, Leak, Obstructed Airway Apnea, Hypopnea.

Ultimate Mask Fit technology – By optimizing the CPAP to the mask, comfort and compliance increase dramatically. The PR System One Auto 60 mask fit feature, gives users the ability to check the seal of their masks in real time. Data also shows what leaks may result when pressures increase from baseline throughout the night.

Easy night-time viewing:  A back-lit screen ensures patients will be able to see System One’s interface even in the dark.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

How Diabetes Affect Sleeping Habits?

There are certain reasons why people with diabetes has a poor sleeping habits, which includes difficulty on falling asleep or staying asleep. Some people with diabetes get more than enough sleep while others has poor sleeping habits. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 63% of American adults do not get enough sleep needed for good health, safety, and optimum performance.

Sleep Problems and Type 2 Diabetes

Sleep Apnea is one of the main reason for not having a good sleeping habits for individuals with diabetes. When a person find it difficult to sleep or having a hard time to complete his/her sleeping routine, he/she might have some problems called Sleep Apnea. Sleep apnea involves pauses in breathing during sleep. The periods of stopped breathing are called apneas, which are caused by an obstruction of the upper airway. Apneas may be interrupted by a brief arousal that does not awaken you completely -- you often do not even realize that your sleep was disturbed. Yet if your sleep was measured in a sleep laboratory, technicians would record changes in the brain waves that are characteristic of awakening.

Sleep apnea results in low oxygen levels in the blood because the blockages prevent air from getting to the lungs. The low oxygen levels also affect brain and heart function. Up to two-thirds of the people who have sleep apnea are overweight.

Sleep apnea alters our sleep cycle and stages of sleep. Some studies have linked altered sleep stages with a decrease in growth hormone, which plays a key role in body composition such as body fat, muscle, and abdominal fat. Researchers have found a possible link between sleep apnea and the development of diabetes and insulin resistance (the inability of the body to use insulin).

How Sleep Affects Blood Glucose and Diabetes?

Are you irritable or depressed? Have you fallen asleep at the wheel? Do you have high blood pressure? You may have sleep apnea, which can make diabetes more difficult to control. Find out how to treat this common problem and help regulate your blood glucose. The solution is to first treat apnea of pause of breathing during sleep to maintain the problem of having diabetes. Sleep apnea can affect diabetes control in many ways. Struggling for air may put your body into fight-or-flight mode, releasing stress hormones that can raise blood glucose levels. If you're tired, you won't want to take that walk around the block after lunch. While you're at work, you might keep snacking to stay awake.

What are some alternative?

Treating sleep apnea can be done through the help of a cpap machines. These devices where designed to supplies a constant and steady air pressure, a hose, and a mask or nose piece. Choosing the right mask will be of great help to avoid leak of air. With CPAP machines you can enjoy a good night sleep and wake up with a smile early in the morning without stressing your self and you may have control over the danger of glucose increase that may lead to diabetes.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Can’t Sleep? Causes Symptoms and Treatments for Insomnia

Causes, Cures, and Treatments for Insomnia

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Do you struggle to get to sleep no matter how tired you are? Or do you wake up in the middle of the night and lie awake for hours, anxiously watching the clock? Insomnia is a common problem that takes a toll on your energy, mood, health, and ability to function during the day. Chronic insomnia can even contribute to serious health problems. Simple changes to your lifestyle and daily habits can put a stop to sleepless nights.

Can’t sleep? Understanding insomnia and its symptoms
Insomnia is the inability to get the amount of sleep you need to wake up feeling rested and refreshed. Because different people need different amounts of sleep, insomnia is defined by the quality of your sleep and how you feel after sleeping—not the number of hours you sleep or how quickly you doze off. Even if you’re spending eight hours a night in bed, if you feel drowsy and fatigued during the day, you may be experiencing insomnia.

Although insomnia is the most common sleep complaint, it is not a single sleep disorder. It’s more accurate to think of insomnia as a symptom of another problem, which differs from person to person. It could be something as simple as drinking too much caffeine during the day or a more complex issue like an underlying medical condition or feeling overloaded with responsibilities.


The good news is that most cases of insomnia can be cured with changes you can make on your own—without relying on sleep specialists or turning to prescription or over-the-counter sleeping pills.

Symptoms of insomnia:
  • Difficulty falling asleep despite being tired
  • Waking up frequently during the night
  • Trouble getting back to sleep when awakened
  • Exhausting sleep
  • Relying on sleeping pills or alcohol to fall asleep
  • Waking up too early in the morning
  • Daytime drowsiness, fatigue, or irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating during the day


Causes of insomnia: Figuring out why you can’t sleep
In order to properly treat and cure your insomnia, you need to become a sleep detective. Emotional issues such as stress, anxiety, and depression cause half of all insomnia cases. But your daytime habits, sleep routine, and physical health may also play a role. Try to identify all possible causes of your insomnia. Once you figure out the root cause, you can tailor treatment accordingly.
  • Are you under a lot of stress?
  • Are you depressed or feel emotionally flat or hopeless?
  • Do you struggle with chronic feelings of anxiety or worry?
  • Have you recently gone through a traumatic experience?
  • Are you taking any medications that might be affecting your sleep?
  • Do you have any health problems that may be interfering with sleep?
  • Is your sleep environment quiet and comfortable?
  • Are you spending enough time in sunlight during the day and in darkness at night?
  • Do you try to go to bed and get up around the same time every day?
Common mental and physical causes of insomnia:
Sometimes, insomnia only lasts a few days and goes away on its own, especially when the insomnia is tied to an obvious temporary cause, such as stress over an upcoming presentation, a painful breakup, or jet lag. Other times, insomnia is stubbornly persistent. Chronic insomnia is usually tied to an underlying mental or physical issue.

  • Psychological problems that can cause insomnia: depression, anxiety, chronic stress, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder. 
  • Medications that can cause insomnia: antidepressants; cold and flu medications that contain alcohol; pain relievers that contain caffeine (Midol, Excedrin); diuretics, corticosteroids, thyroid hormone, high blood pressure medications.
  • Medical problems that can cause insomnia: asthma, allergies, Parkinson’s disease, hyperthyroidism, acid reflux, kidney disease, cancer, chronic pain.
  • Sleep disorders that can cause insomnia: sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome.
Insomnia cures and treatments: Changing habits that disrupt sleep
While treating underlying physical and mental issues is a good first step, it may not be enough to cure your insomnia. You also need to look at your daily habits. Some of the things you’re doing to cope with insomnia may actually be making the problem worse.

For example, if you’re using sleeping pills or alcohol to fall asleep, this will disrupt your sleep even more over the long-term. Or if you drink excessive amounts of coffee during the day, it will be more difficult to fall asleep later. Oftentimes, changing the habits that are reinforcing sleeplessness is enough to overcome insomnia altogether. It may take a few days for your body to get used to the change, but once you do, you will sleep better.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Causes of Snoring: Identify the Cause to Find the Cure

How to Stop Snoring

Just about everyone snores occasionally, but if snoring happens frequently it can affect the quantity and quality of your sleep and that of your family members and roommates. Snoring can lead to poor sleep and daytime fatigue, irritability, and increased health problems. If your snoring keeps your partner awake, it can also create major relationship problems. Thankfully, sleeping in separate bedrooms isn't the only remedy for snoring. There are many other effective solutions available.

Not all snoring is the same. In fact, everyone snores for different reasons. When you get to the bottom of why you snore, then you can find the right solutions to a quieter, deeper sleep.

People who snore often have too much throat and nasal tissue, or “floppy” tissue that is more prone to vibrate. The position of your tongue can also get in the way of smooth breathing.  Evaluating how and when you snore will help you pinpoint whether the cause of your snoring is within your control or not. The good news is that no matter how and when you snore, there are solutions to making your snoring better.

Where does the snoring sound come from?
Snoring happens when you can't move air freely through your nose and mouth during sleep. Often caused by the narrowing of your airway, either from poor sleep posture or abnormalities of the soft tissues in your throat. A narrow airway gets in the way of smooth breathing and creates the sound of snoring.

Common causes of snoring


  • Age. As you reach middle age and beyond, your throat becomes narrower, and the muscle tone in your throat decreases.
  • The way you’re built. Men have narrower air passages than women and are more likely to snore. A narrow throat, a cleft palate, enlarged adenoids, and other physical attributes that contribute to snoring are often hereditary.
  • Nasal and sinus problems. Blocked airways make inhalation difficult and create a vacuum in the throat, leading to snoring.
  • Being overweight or out of shape. Fatty tissue and poor muscle tone contribute to snoring.
  • Alcohol, smoking, and medications. Alcohol intake, smoking, and certain medications can increase muscle relaxation leading to more snoring.
  • Sleep posture. Sleeping flat on your back causes the flesh of your throat to relax and block the airway.
There are some diseases or disorder that comes with snoring problems and it affects everyone. If you heard snoring frequently in one of the the members of the family you should consider reading Sleep Apnea & Snoring Treatment

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Health Risks of Snoring and Sleep Apnea, From Heart Attacks to Car Accidents

At least 37 million adults snore on a regular basis, according to the National Sleep Foundation. But all snoring is not equal: Occasional snoring, due to congestion or a bad sleeping position, is a nuisance. Habitual snoring can disturb your sleep patterns and rob both you and your partner of needed rest.

Snoring to the extent that you stop breathing—as in the case of obstructive sleep apnea—is a serious health threat that puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke.

How sleep apnea affects your heart
A 2007 study from Yale University found that sleep apnea increases the risk of heart attack or death by 30% over a four- to five-year period. As the upper airway collapses and oxygen is cut off from the lungs, the body triggers a fight-or-flight response, which decreases blood flow to the heart. Together these two actions raise blood pressure and, over time, wear out the heart, the authors concluded.

Karen Shaver, 62, a registered nurse in Valencia, Pa., experienced firsthand sleep apnea's strain on her heart.

"Before I was diagnosed with sleep apnea, I frequently had chest pains, usually at early evening while I napped," says Shaver. "One really scared me: Both arms were numb and it radiated up to my jaw. Being a nurse, I knew this was not a good sign, so I called 911."

The ambulance technicians gave Shaver oxygen and rushed her to the hospital. By then the strange feeling had gone away and doctors couldn't find anything wrong with her.

An overnight sleep study, however, showed that Shaver wasn't getting enough oxygen while she slept, and that she needed a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to keep air flowing into her lungs. Since she began treatment, her chest pains have disappeared. 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Potential Side Effects of Prescription Sleep Drugs

There are some point in life that most of us have a problem in sleeping. Commonly some of us went to the doctor for solutions and others are finding a way to take pills for sleeping. But be careful some of this pills might be dangerous to once health especially if these pills were not recommended by doctors. I'm going to give you the problem of unnecessary pills and its side effects.

These are a few of the most common problems you may experience while taking a sleep medication, and what you can do to avoid them.

Should you worry?

If you’ve ever considered sleeping pills, you may have worried about how you’d feel the next day, whether you’d get hooked, and what other effects the medication might have on you. When used correctly, prescription sleep drugs are safe and effective, and can help you get through a patch of insomnia or fitful sleeping. In fact, doctors say they're more reliable than over-the-counter meds for any extended period of time.

Side effects can occur, however, especially if you’re not taking the best type of medication for you, at the right dosage. Here are a few problems you may experience, and what you can do to avoid them.

Hangover

Many people worry that, should they decide to take sleeping pills, they'll feel tired, fuzzy-headed, or dizzy; experience headaches or nausea; or have trouble waking up the morning after. These side effects are possible, but avoidable, says Ralph Downey III, PhD, director of the Loma Linda University Sleep Disorders Center in Loma Linda, Calif. 

If your doctor has prescribed the correct dosage, and you take the pill according to your doctor’s instructions, the medication should work effectively without any morning hangover, Downey says. Older drugs such as benzodiazepines are more likely to cause morning drowsiness or dizziness, because they have longer half-lives—meaning the effects take longer to wear off.

Heartburn dangers

Getting a good night's sleep may pose dangers for people with mild heartburn and the more than 40% of Americans with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). A 2009 study found that people taking Ambien were less than half as likely to wake up during bouts of acid reflux, increasing their exposure to nighttime stomach acid. This backwash can cause damage to the esophagus that may not have occurred had the person awoken and swallowed, neutralizing the acid with saliva. This type of damage to the cells lining the throat may increase the risk for esophageal cancer. Read more about the connection between sleeping pills and heartburn here.

Dependence or addiction

Patients are often nervous about becoming addicted to or dependent upon sleeping pills. But studies show that the risk of sleeping pill abuse is decreasing as new medications are released. Researchers have found that Rozerem, a relatively new drug, may have the fewest side effects of all, and it seems to be non-habit-forming. However, addiction and dependence are still possible with other drugs, especially benzodiazepines.

Taking sleep medications long-term can mask the real cause of insomnia—such as poor sleep habits or too much stress. Patients often tell their doctors that they're dependent on medication, but it's possible they haven't addressed underlying issues affecting their sleep, and that they don't really need the pills.

Rebound insomnia

One of the most important things to know about sleep medication is how and when to stop taking it. Abruptly stopping the use of a sleep aid can cause rebound insomnia, meaning you may experience the same or even worse symptoms of your sleep disorder without medication. “To be safe, I assume that the effect may occur” in all patients, Downey says. That’s why he tells patients to never stop using a sleeping pill without first consulting a doctor. Many sleep experts will wean their patients off sleep medications by prescribing lower doses or different medications, until they’re ready to sleep on their own. 

There are a lot more potential side effects of sleep drugs and I am just discuss here some few of it if you have any comment you can do so below these post. 

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