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[Equipment] Phillips Respironics BiPAP autoSV
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Recently issued new machine without too much support. Previous experience was with a Resmed BiPAP machine which listed information concerning mask fit, number of events per night and a total "score". I'm not sure what information this machine provides. If someone could educate me concerning AHI (3.6), average PS (1.6) AND 90% EPAP (7.0). Is the machine working for me??? Thanks for you help!
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Welcome!  Hard to tell if a machine is working without seeing your data.   Sleepyhead is an amazing tool that gives you incredible insight into your therapy.  It allows you to view your data, and once you have posted a few nights, it should be relatively easy to point you in the right direction.  

You can download sleepyhead from https://sleepyhead.jedimark.net.  Imgur is a popular service for posting screenshots of sleepyhead.  

If your AHI is 3.6, then it sounds like you are doing fairly well!  Treated is anything <5.
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Is the AHI the actual events? What should the numbers be for 90% EPAP and the average PS? thanks for the reply1
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(02-19-2017, 05:39 PM)lookingforbettersleep Wrote: Is the AHI the actual events? What should the numbers be for 90% EPAP and the average PS? thanks for the reply1

AHI = events per hour.  These can be obstructive events/hypoapnea (partial obstructions), and/or central airway events.  Since you have an ASV, I would assume you have primarily central apneas.   

As for what should the numbers be for 90% EPAP and average PS, there is no correct answer for that.  Everyone has different needs in order to maintain a stable airway during sleep.  Determining the efficacy of your treatment you should look to your AHI (<5 is good), and how you feel when you wake up!  

if you are using your machine, and you feel better when you wake up, then thats the main thing.
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#5
Hi lookingforbettersleep,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Good luck to you as you continue your CPAP therapy, hang in there for more responses to your post.
trish6hundred
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#6
With your ASV machine, there is a lot more to look for in addition to events. Be sure to download the free SleepyHead software, and upload your data to a PC or Mac. My signature shows how to organize and post the data. Also, ASV is a specialized machine prescribed to individuals with complex or central apnea. It would really be good to hear what your circumstances are for getting this exceptional machine.

The information you posted is not very useful as this machine provides pressure support on a breath by breath basis, so the average is not so useful as seeing what the frequency of higher PS was, and many aspects of your setup are omitted. We will be glad to help and make suggestions, but you need to get in 4 posts so you can start posting the data.
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My AHI is 3.6 but I don't feel better in the morning but I have other issues so I was just wondering if the ASV is doing the job and it sounds like it is. I wake up with extreme sinus congestion and a headache both take a couple of hours before their relieved. Several times through the night I wake up from the pressure increasing more than that's comfortable. Any ideas why that might be?
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As I said, get the software, and I be with our help you can dial it right in. SleepyHead
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