New Hope With New Device For People With Sleep Apnea | NBC Nightly News


FINALLY HELP A LOT OF
PEOPLE GET BETTER
REST. DR. JOHN TORRES
EXPLAINS.
>>SAYING FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS SHE
COULDN’T GET A GOOD
NIGHT’S SLEEP. >>I WAS EXHAUSTED ALL
THE TIME.
HOW CAN I MAKE IT THROUGH THIS DAY
BECAUSE I AM SO TIRED.
>>THIS IS FIVE MINUTES OF YOUR SLEEP.
>>Reporter: THE
69-YEAR-OLD UNDERWENT A SLEEP STUDY WHERE
DOCTORS MEASURED
EVERYTHING FROM ARRHYTHMIA TO
BREATHING AND THEY
DIAGNOSED APNEA. IT WAS SHOCKING.
IT WAS HAPPENING AS
MANY AS FROWN TIMES EVERY HOUR.
>>THESE CAN LEAD YOU
TO HAVE THREE TO FOUR TIMES HIGHER CHANCES
OF HAVING HEART
ATTACKS OR STROKES. >>Reporter: SLEEP
APNEA HAPPENS WHEN THE
BACK MUSCLES IN THE BACK COLLAPSE.
THE GOLD MEASURE OF
TREATMENT IS A C PAP MACHINE.
THAT’S WHAT SHE TRIED
BUT LIKE ALMOST HALF OF PATIENTS SHE
COULDN’T TOLERATE IT.
NOW, A NEW OPTION, A REVOLUTIONARY DEVICE
CALLED INSPIRE
IMPLANTED JUST UNDER THE SKIN AND TURNED ON
EVERY NIGHT WITH A
REMOTE CONTROL. IT SENSES WHEN
BREATHING SLOWS DOWN
AND SENDS AN ELECTRICAL PULSE TO
THE TONGUE WHICH
STIMULATES THE AIRWAY TO OPEN.
>>IT LOOKS LIKE A
PACEMAKER. >>IT IS A PACEMAKER,
JUST ADAPTED TO
STIMULATE A NERVE IN THE NECK.
>>Reporter: THE MAIN
SIDE EFFECT PEOPLE CAN WAKE UP WITH A SORE
TONGUE AND INSURANCE
DOESN’T ALWAYS PAY FOR THE DEVICE WHICH COSTS
$20,000.
ANDREA SAYS FOR HER, A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP IS
PRICELESS.
>>IT CHANGED MY LIFE. >>Reporter: A NEW
SOLUTION FOR

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