If non-invasive therapies like continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) aren't working for your central or obstructive sleep apnea, St. Luke's offers nerve stimulation therapy through surgical implants Remede® and Inspire that may help.
Central sleep apnea (CSA) is a condition in which you stop breathing during the night because the signals from your brain that regulate your breathing are irregular or intermittent. CSA is a serious condition sometimes caused by other medical problems, such as a heart attack, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, or stroke. It can affect your quality of sleep and cause chronic issues like fatigue, headaches, memory lapses, moodiness, and even have impacts on your heart health.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is caused when muscles in your mouth and throat relax during sleep, temporarily blocking your breathing. OSA is often marked by snoring and can cause headaches, depression, memory lapses, and excessive drowsiness during the day.
Remede is an implantable system that sends regular signals to your diaphragm to help regulate your breathing, and can help patients who have moderate to severe CSA when other treatments aren't successful. Our team of pulmonary, electrophysiology, and congestive heart failure specialists will work with you to see if Remede is the right choice.