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Breathing support for people with ALS

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About this decision tool

Some people with ALS have trouble breathing on their own. Non-invasive ventilation, or NIV, is a special type of medical equipment that can help you breathe. Whether you’re considering getting an NIV device soon or planning for your future care, this tool can help you understand your treatment options and make an informed decision.

You may benefit from using NIV if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Having trouble breathing
  • Feeling tired throughout the day
  • Waking up during the night
  • Having headaches in the morning

Even if you’re not having these symptoms right now, it’s never too early to plan for your future care.

You can use this tool to learn more about NIV. Then, talk to your ALS care team about NIV. Together, you and your care team can find a treatment plan that works for you.

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