High Prevalence of Sleep Apnea in Patients with Epilepsy
The new data comes from a study of 197 people with sleep apnea. All patients received a screening for sleep apnea at the beginning of the study, and 122 patients (62%) had sleep apnea. Then patients were followed for a year to see how sleep apnea treatment impacted their seizures.
Of the 122 patients with sleep apnea, only 73 used their CPAP every night (60%). Patients who used their CPAP were much more likely to see a dramatic improvement in their seizure control. More than 60% of patients who used CPAP saw a 50% reduction in seizures, compared to only 14% of those who didn’t use their CPAP.
From a subjective point of view, 85% of those using their CPAP felt they were able to get their seizures controlled “successfully,” compared to just 55% of those not using CPAP.