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Can I diagnose sleep apnea for my mom using CPAP device and OSCAR software?
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Can I diagnose sleep apnea for my mom using CPAP device and OSCAR software?
Hi Everyone,
I have a question. My mom may have sleep apnea too. She gets drowsy a lot during the day and has to take light naps a lot. At night she makes slight choking sounds too while she sleeps, my dad said. So I'm worried that she might have sleep apnea too, since she's a little overweight.

However, you know how old people are, they are very stubborn and don't like doing new things or changing their routine, so me asking her to go to a hospital and doing a sleep study would only be met with stubborn refusal and resistance from her.

So I was wondering, if I hooked her up to my CPAP device and used OSCAR or the default software in it, would that be able to diagnose if she has sleep apnea or not? What if I just use the default software within it that you monitor with an app? Would that be sufficient to do that? Or would only the OSCAR software be able to do that?

If so, would the results be solid and reliable? Can the program tell how often you choke or gasp for air during sleep?

Thanks.
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RE: Can I diagnose sleep apnea for my mom using CPAP device and OSCAR software?
The only problem is that the lowest the Cpap will go is 4cm of pressure. So there will be pressure and that in itself will meditate the findings. It will show apnea that was not controlled with 4 cm.
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RE: Can I diagnose sleep apnea for my mom using CPAP device and OSCAR software?
We get this question a lot, so I am going to let an Old Person answer that.

Maybe.

She is on that first part of the trip, that trip is one going up that foreign river, very scenic I'll have you know, de Nile.

What can be done we can often tell if she definitely has Sleep Apnea
We cannot say she does not have it, only that she is well treated at the pressures used.

For the purpose of diagnostics you want to use the lowest pressure possible.
so
Min=Max= Pressure = 4
No EPR, No Flex, No Pressure Support, and no Ramp (you are at the lowest pressure and at a fixed pressure)

If 4 is too low try 5 or 6 but the idea is as low as possible.

Then show OSCARs nightly charts and we can render an oppinion.

Keep in mind that this is only for diagnostics. No one here would recommend this for treatment.
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