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Central Sleep Apnea

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What is Central Sleep Apnea? Definition
What is Central Sleep Apnea? The Definition of Central Sleep Apnea: In Central Sleep Apnea, or Cheyne-Stokes respiration, the brain's respiratory control centers are imbalanced during sleep. Central sleep apnea can occur in people who have had a stroke, heart failure, brain tumor or infection. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a much more common form of Sleep Apnea and is characterized by periodic pauses in breathing caused by obstruction of the airway into the lungs.

Types of Central Sleep Apnea
Central sleep apnea conditions can be divided into two groups:

  • Primary  which is without an underlying cause
  • Secondary  which is as a consequence of another condition

Alternative Names for Central Sleep Apnea?
Other names or references to Central Sleep Apnea include:

  • Complex Sleep Apnea (a combination of both Obstructive and Central Sleep Apnea)
  • Sleep Apnoea (UK spelling)
  • Cheyne-Stokes respiration
  • CSA

Central Sleep Apnea Symptoms
What are the symptoms of Central Sleep Apnea? What are the effects? The symptoms of Central Sleep Apnea include the following:

  • Waking up often during the night
  • Frequent night time urination
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Mood Changes
  • Irritability
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Reduction in memory
  • Reduced mental performance
  • Reduced awareness
  • Low energy levels

Central Sleep Apnea Causes
What are the causes of Central Sleep Apnea? The causes of CSA may include the following:

  • Strokes
  • Heart failure
  • Neurological diseases, such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease
  • Infections
  • Some Medications
  • Brain Tumor
  • Some congenital abnormalities
  • High altitude

Central Sleep Apnea Treatment / Remedies / Medication / Cures
What is used as a treatment, remedy, cure or medication for Central Sleep Apnea? The following info is not a substitute for a medical assessment or diagnostic procedure, but serves as a useful guide to help focus future discussions. Your doctor or  health care provider will perform a physical examination and discuss your medical history. Tests may be required to diagnose an underlying medical condition. The Central Sleep Apnea Treatment / Remedies / Medication may include the following:

  • A sleep study  called a Polysomnogram

  • CPAP is a  device used to treat moderate to severe sleeping apnea. The machine sends air at a constant, continuous pressure to help keep a person's airway open, allowing the patient to breathe normally.,

  • BiPAP is an acronym for bilevel positive airway pressure. It is a  portable ventilatory machine that delivers a controlled amount of pressurized air

  • Drugs that stimulate breathing

The sole purpose of the article on a sleep disorder such as CSA is to act as a reference guide to provide useful information regarding sleeping problems. It is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat Central Sleep Apnea or as a substitute for obtaining professional medical advice. Please remember that if you are in any doubt about your health please consult your medical practitioner immediately.

This information regarding sleep and sleeping disorders is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Dream disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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