Central sleep apnea is often misunderstood. In today’s episode, we talk with Dr. Safwan Badr about this complex sleep-related breathing disorder, its similarities to obstructive sleep apnea, and the many pathways from which central apnea develops. Dr. Badr also discusses a variety of treatment options for central sleep apnea, including CPAP, and explains why it can be effective.
Safwan Badr, MD, MBA, is a past president of the AASM and currently serves on the board of directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is professor and chair of internal medicine at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and a staff physician at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit.