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Raising awareness and informing the general public

Air Liquide Healthcare launched its first disease website to raise awareness and inform the general public about sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea syndrome

Sleep apnea syndrome is a sleeping disorder characterized by repetitive brief interruptions in breathing. These interruptions can last 10 to 60 seconds, or even longer, and can occur several hundred times a night.  Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is the most common form of sleep apnea. It is caused by a temporary obstruction of the upper airways, in the throat, and concerns men and women of all ages. It is estimated that between 1 and 6 % of the global population suffers from moderate to severe OSAS1. Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome has a direct effect on quality of life and health, and can also lead to serious cardiovascular disorders, like heart attacks and cerebrovascular accidents (CVA).

Although this condition is widespread, around 80 % of people concerned are not aware that they suffer from obstructive sleep apnea[1]. As a key player in treating this disease, Air Liquide Healthcare is committed to informing the general public and promoting dialogue with patients and healthcare professionals.

An innovative and interactive website is an innovative and interactive educational information website which provides useful and practical information from patients and medical experts about sleep apnea: how to recognize the symptoms, how to get treated, how to live with sleep apnea.

In addition, the website is connected to a Twitter account @SleepApneaAbout to increase user interactivity. The user experience is adapted to suit the device being used, whether PC, tablet or Smartphone.

You can discover the website - right now!

  1. The World Health Organization. Chronic respiratory diseases viewed 04/10/2015
  2. Kapur V et al. The Medical cost of undiagnosed sleep apnea. Sleep. 1999; 22(6): 749-55