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Sleep Disordered-breathing and Dementia

We have written articles before discussing the increased coincidence of untreated sleep apnea and Alzheimer’s Disease.  Now, in research out of the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference we learn more about how untreated Sleep Apnea increases the symptoms of both dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.  You can find the full article by clicking this LINK.

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The research study has shown that sleep apnea, when left untreated increases the likelihood of a person developing mild to severe dementia.  If left untreated, the dementia progresses to Alzheimer’s Disease much more rapidly than when a person doesn’t have sleep apnea or when a person treats their sleep apnea.

Further, the research has gone so far as to state a likely mode of disease.  When a person suffers from sleep apnea, their brain doesn’t get enough rest for their body to rid their brains of beta-amyloid.  The beta-amyloid is a plaque buildup associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.  Beta-amyloid buildups are the characteristic trait of Alzheimer’s Disease patients. The Alzheimer’s Association Chief Scientist said, “sleep apnea actually accelerated the movement into mild cognitive impairment diagnosis for individuals who had been cognitively healthy just a few years prior.”  

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Overall, the article paints an unpleasant picture for individuals who suffer with undiagnosed and untreated sleep-disordered breathing.  Once dementia sets in, if left untreated, the plummet to full cognitive impairment can be swift and isn’t reversible.  So, if you or someone you know has or thinks they have sleep disordered breathing make sure they get tested soon!  If you or someone you know is prescribed CPAP therapy make sure they stick with their therapy regimen and hopefully they’ll avoid the negative side effects of cognitive impairment associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

 

 

Traveling with Your CPAP? Here is How to Travel Like a Pro with Your Device!

Summer time is a notoriously busy time for people to travel and take a vacation.  As a CPAP user, you have a few things to consider when planning to travel with your device.  In this article we’ll address a few things to consider before travel and share a few resources to help with your planning. 

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The first question to ask yourself is will you be flying with your CPAP device?  Because of the Americans with Disabilities act, your CPAP device can fly with you as a carry-on in addition to your FAA allowed two personal items.  To expedite the process at the security checkpoint, we advise CPAP users to have a proof of medical necessity.  Your best precaution against any TSA interference with your device is to ask your medical doctor to write you a letter of medical necessity to put into your CPAP travel case.  If you have taken the time to get this letter that matches your personal identification, you have taken an active step to thwart any obstacle to you taking your device along with you on the plan.

Second, you need to ask if you’re traveling domestic or international?  There is no greater aggravation than traveling abroad with your CPAP device only to find your plug doesn’t fit the wall outlet.  Make sure you bring appropriate connectors or outlet converters to ensure you have the necessary power for your device.  I’ve traveled before and left my connectors at home and I beat myself up for a few minutes or hours, not a good way to get started on a relaxing vacation.  If you don’t know, contact your hotel and then search for applicable connectors on Amazon.  Amazon will be your easiest and cheapest way to get necessary connectors.  

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The last trip we’ll discuss, camping.  If you’re going to be camping you may not have any power source to power your device. Our recommendation is to look into a portable power source just for your CPAP device.  Again, Amazon will be your best resource for things like portable solar batteries, power converters and long term batteries.  I suggest you select your accessories in advance and try them for a few nights in your home to ensure they meet your needs.  Nothing worse than buying a lot of equipment, carrying it into the woods only to find it doesn’t meet your need.  

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For more tips to travel with your CPAP device and how to make being compliant possible away from home, check out additional resources:  HERE HERE and HERE.

Thank you and check back soon for more helpful tips and information to help you use your CPAP device more effectively and efficient.  

Remember, if you’re traveling Aireon Therapeutics CPAP Hydration Fluid is a great travel hydration accessory!

July Giveaway Announcement

One Lucky Person Will Win!

Hello everyone and welcome to the launch of our brand new, re-designed website!  Aireon Therapeutics is happy to unveil our fresh look and to celebrate the launch, we're giving one lucky winner a case of CPAP Hydration Fluid (24 x 12oz bottles, retail value $47.99) shipped to your door free of charge.  To enter, all you have to do is fill out the form by clicking this link - July Celebration Giveaway - or click the photo below! 

You have until 11:59pm EST, on July 31, 2018 to get your entries submitted.  One entry per person, no purchase required.  But, you must fill out the form located on the linked page to be eligible to win.  On August 1, 2018 we'll be giving one lucky winner a free case of CPAP Hydration Fluid, so you'll want to follow us on Facebook to stay informed about the details and watch our giveaway event.  


Help us celebrate the launch of our new website by signing up to win a free case on us!  We hope you like the new site and check back often for news, updates and event posting.  Remember to follow us on all of our social media channels for details about the giveaway and Facebook live event where we'll select the winner.  Enjoy the 4th of July Holiday and be safe!