Pressure setting and sleep apnea

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Pressure setting and sleep apnea

Postby wendyj.usa » Thu Dec 01, 2005 5:08 pm

Hi

I guess I am a little confused. I thought that if you had a higher pressure setting like 17 then that means you have severe sleep apnea and if you have a pressure setting like mine will be (5) then that means I have mild sleep apnea. The DME said that isn't the case. Can someone please explain. What does the pressure setting mean, anything? I believe I was 7 events per hour so that is mild sleep apnea, right?

Thanks!

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Re: Pressure setting and sleep apnea

Postby Daniel » Thu Dec 01, 2005 5:26 pm

wendyj.usa wrote:Hi

I guess I am a little confused. I thought that if you had a higher pressure setting like 17 then that means you have severe sleep apnea and if you have a pressure setting like mine will be (5) then that means I have mild sleep apnea. The DME said that isn't the case. Can someone please explain. What does the pressure setting mean, anything? I believe I was 7 events per hour so that is mild sleep apnea, right?

Thanks!

Wendy


Pressure has nothing to do with the severity of the apnoea. Pressure setting is that which is required to clear individual apnoea events.

Severity is classed by the number of events per hour.

5 to 15 events per hour = mild
15 to 30 events per hour = moderate
30 + events per hour = severe.

Daniel
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Postby grampy » Thu Dec 01, 2005 6:11 pm

I'm a case in point..
My AHI is 36 (severe) but my pressure averages 4.3 and is <6 96% of the time (as read by Encore Pro SW). My AHI on APAP is <2.5 so the treatment appears to be working well.
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Postby wendyj.usa » Fri Dec 02, 2005 11:21 am

Thanks! :-D

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pressure setting and sleep apnea

Postby sleepngood » Sun Dec 11, 2005 7:43 pm

I had stopped breathing 282 times in 6.5 hours with an RDI of 42.5
My setting is prescribed on 12
Let me tell you about having to get used to that kind of air pressure.
WHEW!.
My doctor said mine is in the moderate to severe levels.
He said that the setting is the lowest setting that is effective in clearing the obstruction.
I haven't slept better in all my life.
FINALLY!
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