Biden, 80, is now using a CPAP machine to treat sleep apnea


White House confirms Biden, 80, is now using breathing machine to treat sleep disorder – after thick mask lines on his face sparked more health questions

  • President Joe Biden has started using a CPAP machine
  • The machine treats sleep apnea  
  • Biden’s sleep apnea has been public knowledge since 2008

President Joe Biden, 80, emerged Wednesday from the White House residence with visible indentations on his face – as he’s now 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.com when asked about the markings on the president’s face. 

The president started using the continuous positive airway pressure machine – colloquially known as CPAP – in recent weeks to treat apnea, in which a patient’s breathing will stop and start. 

Biden’s sleep apnea has been public knowledge since October 2008, when the Obama campaign put out the vice presidential candidate’s medical records ahead of the 2008 presidential election. 

At the time, doctors believed that Biden’s irregular heartbeat, known as an atrial  fibrillation, was likely linked to his sleep apnea.

Indents on President Joe Biden's face when he left for Chicago Wednesday prompted the White House to tell journalists that he's started to use a CPAP machine

Indents on President Joe Biden’s face when he left for Chicago Wednesday prompted the White House to tell journalists that he’s started to use a CPAP machine 

A CPAP - or continuous positive airway pressure - machine corrects sleep apnea, in which sufferers stop and start breathing while they sleep, which can cause much more serious health problems

A CPAP – or continuous positive airway pressure – machine corrects sleep apnea, in which sufferers stop and start breathing while they sleep, which can cause much more serious health problems 

The president started using a CPAP machine in recent weeks, though his sleep apnea was public knowledge since 2008, when he was running for vice president

The president started using a CPAP machine in recent weeks, though his sleep apnea was public knowledge since 2008, when he was running for vice president 

In subsequent health reports, the sleep apnea became a footnote. 

In a December 2019 medical report, released publicly while Biden was running for president, his now White House Physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor said that Obstructive Sleep Apnea had been considered, but Biden’s condition had improved after he had sinus and nasal passage surgeries. 

A CPAP machine blows air into the back of the throat to relieve a condition called obstructive sleep apnea, where muscles in the throat relax and block the airways.

This briefly stops sufferers from being able to breathe and wakes them up. 

They may also snore extremely loudly.

Over time, the repeated interruptions to oxygen supply and disruption to sleep can have life-threatening consequences, pushing up levels of stress hormones in the body.

Untreated sleep apnea is closely linked with serious health problems, including diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

People over age 60 with sleep apnea also have a higher incidence of sudden cardiac arrest. 

Indents were spotted on President Joe Biden's face as he departed the White House Wednesday to deliver a 'Bidenomics' speech in Chicago

Indents were spotted on President Joe Biden’s face as he departed the White House Wednesday to deliver a ‘Bidenomics’ speech in Chicago 

The mask lines were apparent when the president engaged in Q&A with reporters on the South Lawn before his trip to Chicago Wednesday

The mask lines were apparent when the president engaged in Q&A with reporters on the South Lawn before his trip to Chicago Wednesday 

At 80, Biden is the nation’s oldest president – and thus the White House is continually questioned about his health. 

Other 2024 candidates have used it as a talking point – most notably former U.N. Amb. Nikki Haley, who said all hopefuls older than 75 should submit to a mental competency test.

Bloomberg first confirmed Biden was using the device. 

A source told the wire service that while Biden’s use of the machine is a new development it wasn’t prompted by a new medical condition or environmental conditions. 

Biden was flying to Chicago amid an air quality alert – due to Canadian wildfires. 

As the president left Washington, D.C., Wednesday morning, the capital was also under an air quality alert until mid-day Thursday. 





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