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Study: jaw device and CPAP lead to similar BP improvements.

For a long time, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) has been the gold standard in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). But new research, published in JAMA, found that the use of CPAP and mandibular advancement devices (MADs) had similar effects on blood pressure reduction in patients with OSA. A MAD is a mouthguard-like device that pulls the lower jaw (mandible) forward slightly to help maintain an open airway. CPAP involves the use of a mask over the nose and mouth and a hose attached to a machine that pumps air through the hose to keep your airways open. OSA occurs when the tissue in the back of the throat relaxes and blocks the flow of air to the lungs. As a result, there are pauses in breathing, which lead to blood pressure increases and other serious health complications.

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Title Annotation:HEART BEAT; continuous positive airway pressure; blood pressure
Publication:Heart Advisor
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Feb 1, 2016
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