President Joe Biden, 80, left the White House residence on Wednesday with noticeable marks on his face. These marks were a result of the President using a CPAP machine to treat his sleep apnea.

‘Since 2008, the president has disclosed his history with sleep apnea in thorough medical reports. He used a CPAP machine last night, which is common for people with that history,’ White House spokesperson Andrew Bates told DailyMail.

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What is a CPAP machine?

A CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine is a medical device used to treat sleep apnea, a sleep disorder characterized by repeated interruptions in breathing during sleep. It delivers a continuous flow of pressurized air to the airways, preventing them from collapsing and maintaining an open airway.

A tiny air pump, a mask or nasal pillows, and a hose connecting the pump and mask make up the CPAP machine. The machine produces a gentle stream of air that is given through the mask or nasal pillows when it is turned on, maintaining the airway passages open.

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The collapse of the soft tissues at the back of the throat, which is a major cause of sleep apnea, is prevented by the pressurized air acting as a splint.

People with sleep apnea can breathe more readily and sleep more soundly thanks to CPAP therapy. It lessens or stops the apnea episodes, resulting in higher oxygen levels and better sleep overall.

CPAP machines are frequently prescribed by doctors, and a sleep study is necessary to ascertain the ideal pressure settings for each user.

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The use of positive airway pressure (PAP) devices in the treatment of sleep apnea is not limited to CPAP machines, it is crucial to remember. BiPAP (Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure) and APAP (Automatic Positive Airway Pressure) machines are additional versions that deliver various pressure levels based on the user’s breathing patterns.

Biden’s use of the device was initially confirmed by Bloomberg. The wire agency was informed by a source that although Biden’s usage of the device was fresh, neither new environmental factors nor a new medical condition had anything to do with it.