Mechanical Engineering Faculty Research

Title

The Effect of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure on Total Cerebral Blood Flow in Healthy Awake Volunteers

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 2-2012

Abstract

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the gold standard treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. However, the physiologic impact of CPAP on cerebral blood flow (CBF) is not well established. Ultrasound can be used to estimate CBF, but there is no widespread accepted protocol. We studied the physiologic influence of CPAP on CBF using a method integrating arterial diameter and flow velocity (FV) measurements obtained for each vessel supplying blood to the brain.

Publication Title

Sleep and Breathing

Volume

17

Issue

1

First Page

289

Last Page

296