What is NMD?

The Beaulieu family story showcases how a neuromuscular disease affects the health of two brothers and how ResMed’s Astral™ life support ventilators are an essential part of their daily routine.

Neuromuscular disease (NMD) is the name given to a range of diseases and conditions that affect the nerves controlling muscles or weakening of the muscles themselves. If the nerves can’t communicate with muscles, the muscles then can’t function properly.


Symptoms of respiratory failure in NMD patients include:


  • Difficulty swallowing and breathing
  • Fatigue, weakness and sleepiness
  • Morning headaches
  • Difficulties with concentration
  • Mood changes
  • High CO2 values


Some people with NMD may:


  • Have difficulty swallowing
  • Have weak respiratory muscles (muscles that help you breathe)
  • Require ventilation
  • Require a wheelchair

More NMD

Treatment options for neuromuscular disease
ResMed has developed therapy devices and ventilators designed to help you feel better during the day and sleep better at night, so you can get the most out of life.
The benefits of treatment
Studies have shown that noninvasive ventilation (NIV) can improve the symptoms associated with respiratory failure for NMD patients.
Why is treatment important?
Because NMD affects your muscles, you may not have the muscle strength to breathe on your own. It's important that you start treatment with a ventilator that your physician has indicated is suitable for you.