Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy was developed in the 1980's and has evolved significantly over time to provide comfortable therapy for millions of OSA patients. CPAP works by stenting the upper airway with positive pressure and is highly efficacious in resolving OSA when worn throughout the night. CPAP also reduces sleepiness and can lower blood pressure. The effectiveness of CPAP is limited by variable adherence by patients which may explain why improvement in incident cardiovascular events has not been demonstrated in some prospective randomized trials.
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