The Story of the Breas Z1 & Z2 CPAP Machines

Joseph Krainin, M.D.

In this interview, Dr. Krainin talks with Thomas Miller, General Manager of Breas' Sleep Business department. 

When I was first introduced to the Z1 it was under the HDM brand. What is the relationship between HDM and Breas?  

When I first became involved in 2016, Breas and HDM were both owned by a private equity company. They have since been purchased by Fosun Pharma and integrated into one company. HDM is the consumer-facing arm of the company and is currently being phased out.

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How to Cure Sleep Apnea

Joseph Krainin, M.D.

Have you been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and are trying to find out how to cure it for good?

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Trazodone for Sleep

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Trazodone is the most commonly prescribed medication for sleep despite not having an FDA indication for sleep. Trazodone is generic and very inexpensive so there is little incentive for pharmaceutical companies to do the drug trials necessary to get trazodone approved for sleep.

trazodone molecular structure

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Can You Die From Sleep Apnea?

Joseph Krainin, M.D.

A large retrospective analysis conducted by The Mayo Clinic confirmed that people with sleep apnea are at a higher risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD). The study that the following sleep study parameters were linked with an increased risk of SCD:

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The Story of the Cloth CPAP Mask - An Interview with Circadiance's David Groll

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David Groll is the Founder and CEO of Circadiance. He is a veteran of the medical device industry, having previously founded Vincent Medical and served as an executive for Philips Respironics where he was involved in CPAP mask development.  

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Sleep Apnea, CPAP, and Healthshare Ministries

Joseph Krainin, M.D.

Are you a member of one of the following healthshare ministries?

  • Christian Healthshare Ministries
  • Altrua
  • Liberty 
  • Samaritan 
  • Aliera
  • Christian Care Ministry/Medi-Share
  • Solidarity Healthshare

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I Need a Fast Sleep Study. How Can I Get a Sleep Apnea Test More Quickly?

Joseph Krainin, M.D.

 

In many areas of the country and in several healthcare systems, sleep medicine is an underserved specialty meaning that there are not enough sleep labs and sleep doctors to care for the population. This problem is more acute in several urban and rural districts as well as the Veterans Health Affairs (VA) and Indian Health Services (IHS) systems. I’ve heard from many patients who’s local sleep center told them that they could not get in for a study for at least two months. This problem is typically even worse for pediatric sleep studies as the sleep center staff needs special training and expertise to conduct them; therefore, not every sleep center offers this service. It's not uncommon to have to wait three months or more to see a pediatric sleep specialist or have a pediatric sleep study.

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Need a Sleep Study for Insurance? Here's What You Need to Know.

Joseph Krainin, M.D.
We commonly see, "I need a sleep study for insurance," on the home sleep apnea test order forms that we receive. What is behind this seemingly unusual request from your life insurance company?

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How Do I Get A New CPAP Machine?

Joseph Krainin, M.D.

Common Reasons To Get A New CPAP Machine

There are several typical scenarios where CPAP users often consult with me to get a new CPAP machine:

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DreamStation Go Product Review

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If you’re looking for a second machine for travel or as a backup for your primary machine, the Dreamstation Go is a strong contender...

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