What is NMD? - ResMed Middle-East

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