HAMILTON, ON, Aug. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is estimated to occur in 1 of 20 adults, and in twice as many men as women. OSA, a condition in which breathing stops for periods of time during sleep, is caused by a collapse of the upper airway resulting in a block to the flow of air into and out of the lungs.
OSA is diagnosed by a sleep study test (polysomnography), usually done at night using electronic equipment that records sleeping brain activity, monitors breathing and how well the body rests. Once diagnosed, a physician writes a prescription for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), the most common form of treatment of OSA. Through a small airflow generating machine, pressurized air is delivered to the nose or face through a mask-like interface to act as a splint to keep the upper airway open.
Local company Medigas, the home healthcare division of Praxair Canada Inc., has been providing physicians and their patients with home oxygen therapy, sleep therapy and home medical equipment for over 40 years.
Today, with the recent launch of Medigas Express (www.medigascpap.com), it is easier than ever for sleep therapy customers to purchase replacement CPAP masks and related supplies. The bilingual (French/English), easy to navigate site features a wide range of products, detailed product descriptions, and a registration feature that simplifies re-ordering.
"Since CPAP therapy came to Canada, our growing chain of retail locations have been a great resource for thousands of sleep apnea suffers to purchase CPAP supplies," said Jan Forrest, National Marketing Manager for Medigas. "With the recent launch of Medigas Express, those who have been diagnosed with OSA are now just a few clicks of a mouse away from getting a better night's sleep."
For general information on Medigas and OSA, go to www.medigas.com. To purchase CPAP accessories and supplies, go to www.medigascpap.com.
For further information: For further information: Jan Forrest, National Marketing Manager, Medigas, 905-524-5226, Jan_Forrest@praxair.com