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ittiandro

ittiandro
Joined Oct 2020
ittiandro
Joined Oct 2020

Just a few thoughts

From my Resmed SD reports I have been able to learn a few interesting things ..Of course the number of AHI/hr events gives a good, overall indication of the sleep quality.

The doctor told me that my AHI score went dramatically down from 30-40 AHI/hr to an average of 2. ( Strangely, though, I never had any symptoms before going on treatment, but I have them now, because I feel more sleepy and sluggish than before..) . All this sounds great..

The point I am making, though, is that I see from the SD reports that the AHI rating is like an umbrella which includes other sleep apnea parameters like OSA, hypoapnea, clear airway and RERA, each one going with its own number of events into the total number of AHI's./hr : for ex. OSA, which is a total airway blockage, is, I believe, more serious than hypoapnea, which is only a restriction of the airway and does allow the flow of air. The RERA. events, too, can be as serious and as damaging ( especially for the brain) as OSA.

All this to say that the sane AHI rating could have a different clinical significance depending on the mix OSA, Hypoapnea, RERA and Clear Airway.
In my report, there were also instances of a Cheyne-Stokes respiration pattern. I know what it is. I mentioned all this to my doctor, but he politely scoffed everything off, like I was a..smart ass. All he said was " Don't worry, you are doing well,., As I said before, I am not too sure I'm doing better than before ..May be he just went by the number of AHI's, without looking at the details of the reports..

Ittiandro .