Breathing and Sleep

About the Symposium

More and more attention is being focused on the long-term consequences of Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB). Daytime indicators of a potential nighttime problem, such as: excessive daytime sleepiness, low energy level and lack of clarity of thought, are often early signals of a serious sleep related issue. Recent research findings suggest that Sleep Disordered Breathing is likely to be a risk factor for pulmonary hypertension and consequent cardiac involvement.


  • How Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Central Sleep Apnea/hypoventilation caused by neuromuscular respiratory compromise affects the nighttime breathing process
  • The physiology of breathing from the respiratory control center at the base of the brain to the nerves of the muscles involved in breathing
  • How motor neurons influence respiratory drive for those with motor neuron disease
  • How the heart can be directly affected by respiratory compromise and what steps patients can take to maintain heart health
  • How China approaches patient care and pulmonary support for their citizens
  • Details on the newest equipment choices available to support Sleep Disordered Breathing problems

Special Features

  • Dr. Han, a distinguished physician and polio survivor from China will share the history of polio in China and current Chinese treatment methods for polio survivors.
  • Vendors with relevant, innovative products will display their specialties.
  • CEUs will be offered for qualified Respiratory Therapists, Nurses and Case Managers.

Planning Committee

Angela King, BS, RPFT, RRT-NPS
Sr. Director Clinical Ventilation,
Americas/ResMed Corporation

Gladys Swensrud
Co-Facilitator/San Diego Polio Survivors

Rick Van Der Linden
Facilitator/Hemet Area Polio Survivors
Editor - Post-Polio Manager Newsletter


Joshua Benditt, MD, FCCP
Northwest Assisted Breathing Center
University of Washington Medical Center
Seattle, Washington

Anthony N. DeMaria, MD
Internal & Cardiovascular Medicine
University of California, Medical Center
San Diego, California

Fang Han, MD
Department of Medicine
Peking University Peoples’ Hospital
Beijing, China

Angela King, BS, RPFT, RRT-NPS
Sr. Director Clinical Ventilation,
Americas/ResMed Corporation
San Diego, California

Karyl Scott, RRT
Clinical Manager
ResMed Corporation
San Diego, California


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9:00 - 9:30 am Registration
Coffee and Tea

9:30 - 9:40 am Welcome

9:40 – 10:30 am Fang Han, MD
The history and current treatment of polio in China;
What can we learn from one another?

10:30 – 11:20 am Joshua Benditt, MD, FCCP
Breathing A to Z – Explaining the breathing process…
the physiology of OSA/CSA/Motor Neuron Disease;
How does that process support heart health?

11:20 – 12:15 pm Break
Refreshments/ Vendor Visitations

12:15 – 1:05 pm Anthony DeMaria, MD
Explaining the effects of Sleep Disordered Breathing
(SDB) on the heart

1:05 – 1:55 pm Angela King, BS, RPFT, RRT-NPS
Which ventilation equipment is appropriate for your needs? What interfaces and special ventilator features might be helpful?

1:55 – 2:30 pm Karyl Scott, RRT
How various machines work, with special emphasis on specific algorithms and features for OSA and CSA

Programs will be available at the symposium. Click here to download this brochure.


Admission to this symposium is FREE of charge to the public.
Registration includes coffee/tea; light snacks/
sandwiches will be offered during the scheduled


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Registration for Continuing Education

CEUs will be offered free of charge to qualified attendees.


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