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Does mostly CA and Hypopnea = CHF?

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suebee +0 points · almost 6 years ago Original Poster

Hi, last week I started back on CPAP therapy after giving up on it about a year ago. I now have fixed settings on BIPAP with heated hose/humidifier of 17/12. The AHI has been hovering around 5.0-6 but I notice, as before, that most of my apneas are clear airway and hypopneas. Someone suggested years ago that it could indicate CHF. Could someone please elaborate on that. I see my GP doctor in 2 weeks for annual physical - is there something she detect if it is CHF or should I bring it up, see a specialist, etc...? Thanks in advance.

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wiredgeorge +0 points · almost 6 years ago Sleep Enthusiast

Well, your GP may not be the right type doc to get the best info on congestive heart failure's relationship to sleep apnea of any sort. I would see a cardiologist or get a referral to one if I suspected chf. There isn't much on this subject but found one article that might shed some light on a possible relationship: http://www.sleep.theclinics.com/article/S1556-407X(15)00134-4/abstract

You might spend some research time googling CHF symptoms to see if your situation matches up. Good luck! wg

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suebee +0 points · almost 6 years ago Original Poster

Hi WG, thanks for your reply. I mention my GP cuz she's the one who will refer me to a specialist. I've googled now and years ago when I first read the correlation and thought it was much more common so I thought I'd ask here. It was "suggested" after someone saw my readings from an Ap called "SleepyHead" which breaks down the types of apneas and not due to any other symptoms.

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