12-07-2012, 09:54 AM
(This post was last modified: 12-09-2012, 01:26 PM by zimlich.)
I've seem a great increase in those asking about central apneas since the new machines measure CA. I don't know if they are truly central apneas, only the lab with a polysomnogram can say with certainty. Wiki says 0.4% apeneas are CA, 84% are Obstructive and 15% mixed. Sleepsteer gave (as did others) a good reply.
Good luck. The most important things are good sleep and using the machine.
From what I know about the algorithms, the physics, and the human respiratory system, I have a fairly good bit of confidence that when the CPAP machine says "clear airway" or "central," it's a real central apnea vs. an obstructive apnea.
I have a lot less confidence that all centrals are flagged as "CA" by the machine.
I'll also point out that centrals aren't necessarily more harmful than obstructive apneas. They're just harder to eliminate and often aren't fixed by a higher CPAP pressure.
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If it's midnight and a DME tells you it's dark outside, go and check it yourself.
(07-25-2012, 12:10 AM)JJJ Wrote:
(07-24-2012, 10:57 PM)zonk Wrote: I think you need to start a new thread what mask works for high pressure so folk on high pressure can help with their suggestion.
It would be great if there was a list of all masks and their pressure ratings.
And it would be great if the new section includes tips like using the ResMed Gecko "nasal pad" nose guard.
For me, it completely fixes leaks near the nose and eyes, and it prevents my nose from getting chewed up by my Full Face mask.
Membership in the Advisory Member group should not be understood as in any way implying medical expertise or qualification for advising Sleep Apnea patients concerning their treatment. The Advisory Member group provides advice and suggestions to Apnea Board administrators and staff on matters concerning Apnea Board operation and administrative policies - not on matters concerning treatment for Sleep Apnea. I think it is now too late to change the name of the group but I think Voting Member group would perhaps have been a more descriptive name for the group.