If you are interested in the remedē System, your sleep doctor will first need to evaluate your condition to determine if the remedē System is right for you. There are considerations any time you are thinking about a permanent, implanted device. For example, you will not be able to undergo an MRI or diathermy (certain heat therapies) if the remedē System is implanted. The remedē System can be used if you have other stimulation devices, such as a pacemaker or defibrillator, but special testing will be required to ensure the devices will not interact with one another.
If moderate to severe CSA is diagnosed by a sleep physician, the patient is then referred to one of our select cardiac electrophysiologists for implantation. Once the remedē System is placed, the patient returns to The Insomnia and Sleep Institute for long-term management of the device.
Both types of primary sleep apnea are serious and dangerous if left untreated. CSA has particularly strong links to heart health, making it paramount for patients to identify a sleep apnea strategy that works for them. CSA is very commonly found in cardiac patients, especially those with heart failure and atrial fibrillation, and also in patients with a history of a recent stroke. This connection between CSA and heart health is largely due to the fact that CSA causes disruptive breathing, poor sleep, and awakens the fight or flight response on a regular basis.