I am 79 and I have been diagnosed with severe Sleep Apnea last May ( 40 AHI/min.)
Now I am down to about 2 AHI/min , after wearing a CPAP mask for three months..The doctor says I'm OK now and I'm relieved..
I’d have liked to discuss a few more details with the doctor, but he was busy and we had no time...Sometimes doctors are rather dismissive as they think we are too dummy to understand and to ask the right questions..…
Here are my questions,
1.What is the max acceptable leak rate? My avg has been 4.37 l/min over one week.
2.What is the Large Leak threshold? Out of 8 readings, 5 were between 0.00-0.17%,
one at 0.88%, one at 6.79% and one at 33.88%..
3,Respiration rate : in my case, it averages at about 21-22 l/min (95%) with occasional peaks of 30-32 l/min. I have read it should be 12-20 l/min . What does it mean?
Can you comment on this, please?
Thanks so much
Hi, once the sleep reports have been imported and opened with Oscar, is it possible to save them as a file attachment to be e-mailed , instead of printing them ? Probably my recipient ( the doctor) does not have the Oscar app to open them. Also It would save time, ink and print paper.
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..
Thank you so much , Sierra. Oscar works very well. I have been able to view all my sleep reports. Of course they confirm what the doctor told me, but it is always nice to see the details.
I am unable to download the Resmed PC App. to read the detailed reports from the SD card of my CPAP. When I try to create an accouint they keep telling me that the e-mail address is wrong, but it is correct. I tried 4 times! I suspect these reports are not available in all the countries. I am in Canada. or may be they are only for medical personnel. I can only access the daily summary reports with the My Air App, but they are too skimpy.
Is there any other app I can download somewhere else to read the SD card?