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“When the brain doesn’t get enough oxygen and the heart doesn’t get enough oxygen, [people] get strokes, heart attacks, their blood pressure shoots up, diabetes control gets worse, and weight gain continues, so it’s a pretty deadly disease,” says Dr. Gabriele M. Barthlen, PhD, MD. Throughout her career, Dr. Barthlen has directed several sleep centers and authored three books, 33 abstracts, and 15 peer-reviewed articles; she’s nothing short of an expert on everything in the world of sleep medicine.

These days, she focuses on the clinical treatment of sleep apnea at Hawaii Sleep Center, where she puts into action the best and most established treatment options, the gold standard of which is the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. She explains how exactly it works, why it’s such a successful form of treatment in most cases, the importance of obtaining a correctly-fitting mask for CPAP machines (and how to go about doing this), the differences between sleep studies carried out in the clinic versus those carried out using in-home monitoring devices, and the dangers of untreated sleep apnea.

Interested in learning more? Reach out by phone at 808 456 REST and visit sleepcenterhawaii.com.

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