Harvard Health Blog
Pace to breathe - New treatments for sleep apnea
By: Stuart F. Quan, M.D., Contributing Editor, Harvard Health Publications Sleep apnea is a common condition. As many as 26% of all Americans may suffer from this condition, in which there are long pauses between breaths during sleep. Unfortunately, many patients with sleep apnea do not tolerate the most effective current therapy, continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP. For some of these people, a new approach pacemaker therapy may be an alternative.