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What is a BiPAP?
  BiPAP stands for Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure.  If you have sleep apnea your airway collapses during the night and prevents air from getting in your lungs.  This will cause you to stop breathing, which in turn causes sleep disturbances and puts a strain on your heart.  BiPAP is a common therapy for this disorder.  The machine blows air out through a tube into a mask fitted to your face.  This air pressure holds your airways open so air is able to reach the lungs.  Bi-Level refers to the manor the air is administered, there are two levels of pressure.  A higher pressure when you breath in(inspiration) and a lower pressure when you breath out (expiration).   This bi-level feature makes it more comfortable for some because there is not a constant air pressure when attempting to exhale.