CPAP: Tricks and Tips for Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease Sufferers

HeartHawk
By HeartHawk Latest Reply 2012-04-12 23:30:31 -0500
Started 2012-03-27 22:46:25 -0500

Sleep apnea continues to be a risk for heart disease and many heart disease sufferers with sleep apnea are prescribed CPAP machines to aid their breathing while they sleep.

The problem is that it is very intrusive and uncomfortable form many to where a CPAP mask while sleeping (especially if you a "stomach sleeper" like me). CPAP can improve you sleep and heart disease symptoms but it only works if you wear it and the problems and discomfort often severely reduce compliance.

I would ask all sleep apnea sufferers and CPAP users to both tell their story and offer any tips or tricks to help community members faithfully use their CPAP devices so they may enjoy better health. Here's your chance help others and perhaps get some useful information in return.

HH


5 replies

arkansasurviver
arkansasurviver 2012-04-12 21:11:22 -0500 Report

I take ambien for the insomnia and clonzapam (sp?) for the anxiety. You might not want both but they work for me.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-04-12 23:30:31 -0500 Report

arkansas,

I have tried Ambien and Alprazolam which, like clonezapam, is in the benzodiazepine family of drugs (clonezapam is longer acting but slower to reach peak effect). Ambien did nothing for me but the Alprazolam works quite well.

HH

arkansasurviver
arkansasurviver 2012-04-10 19:51:20 -0500 Report

I love mine. I use it all the time and have for the last five years. As far as increasing my ef I'm not sure. If I don't wear it I feel completely drained and have horrible dry mouth. My doc gave me an anti anxiety pill to take when it freaks me out. Best of luck!

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-04-10 21:54:27 -0500 Report

arkansas,

What drug did your doc prescribe and does it work well? Others might benefit from your experience.

HH

Maja1959
Maja1959 2012-03-31 10:42:06 -0500 Report

I hate my cpap machine because my mouth is so dry and I rip it off not knowing it in the middle of the night. I got a second opinion on my cpap and doc said it is too mild that he would not have given me one in the first place. My cardiologist keeps pushing me to try it again. I have a echo and appt with her in May. It is still March. I have thought about getting it out of the closet and trying it for the month before my echo to see if it does make a difference. I have one with a humidifier on it and it does no good. I am looking for ANY answers. I am pretty disgusted with it. But will try anything to increase my ejection.