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Machine: Resmed AirSense 10 Model 37028
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: P10
Humidifier: Humidity Level 4 Ramp off
CPAP Pressure: 7-13
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Amara View and DreamWear Nasal

Sex: Female
Location: St Louis,Mo

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Please help!
I feel like I'm doing pretty good at this so far however still have much to learn. I've been in afib for 2 weeks and have 2 weeks to go before my scheduled cardiac ablation. My cpap usage is 8.46, Ahi per hour is 2.6,Pressue 10,leaks 24L/min,Ahi2.1Total 1.8Central1.2. I switch between Quattro air and Amara view mask depending on how it effects my nose (mouth breather). Still working on mastering Sleepyhead! Does anyone have any suggestions for me that would help me improve what I'm doing so far?
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08-28-2015 10:13 AM
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Humidifier: H5i w/Climateline
CPAP Pressure: 8 - EPR 3
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: CMS-50F & 50IW

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Location: Georgia

Post: #2
RE: Please help!
How do you physically feel? . . . This is the main thing.

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08-28-2015 10:27 AM
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Judy1843 Offline

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Machine: Resmed AirSense 10 Model 37028
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: P10
Humidifier: Humidity Level 4 Ramp off
CPAP Pressure: 7-13
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Amara View and DreamWear Nasal

Sex: Female
Location: St Louis,Mo

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RE: Please help!
(08-28-2015 10:27 AM)sgearhart Wrote:  How do you physically feel? . . . This is the main thing.

I sleep well however do not know if my data is ok! What is 24L/min leaks? I struggle with shortness of breath during the day however when on cpap sleeping everything is fine.
08-28-2015 11:58 AM
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Machine: PRS1 Series Sixty Auto Aflex
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Eson
Humidifier: PRS1 with Heated Hose
CPAP Pressure: 10.5 min 16 max
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncoreBasic

Other Comments: Moderate to Severe SA Obstructive. Rapid O2 desat off the machine.

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Location: KY

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RE: Please help!
Old hand at afib here.
Daytime shortness if breathe is likely due to afib. You likely are converting out of afib on the machine at night.
Cpap stopped my afib after a botched ablation didnt.
If you can get your ahi down around 1 its entirety possible afib would stop in a cople weeks without ablation.
If i could avoid ablation i would. Its not as safey claim, and i know several that had it besifes me that it didnt help.
Myself a punctured heart by a probe and 5 dayd in hospital to pump blood from around my heart was the result.
Maze surgery is a cure but they have to crack you open to perform that.
Cpap looked more inviting to me than that.'
08-28-2015 12:29 PM
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Machine: ResMed S9 AutoSet
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Mirage Quattro & Optilife
Humidifier: ResMed H5i @ #3 if nose breathing & #5 if mouth breathing
CPAP Pressure: 12 ~ 20 & 11 ~12 if nasal mask
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Late stage 2 emphysema

Sex: Male
Location: Mousetown, Southern Illinois

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RE: Please help!
Hi Judy1843,
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08-28-2015 12:36 PM
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CPAP Pressure: 12 ~ 20 & 11 ~12 if nasal mask
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Mousetown, Southern Illinois

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RE: Please help!
Hi Judy1843, You might gain some benefit by doing something about your nasal breathing capacity. I found that made a great deal of improvement in my pap therapy and also my feeling of well being during the day.

What helped me might also work for you. I was pleased when I tried Nasacort spray and found that it opened up my sinuses within 15 minutes and made 100% nasal breathing possible for all day and all night relief. It is approved for daily use whereas most other nasal sprays can't be used for extended periods. It's a life saver and life changer for me. I have used it daily for over 6 months now with great benefits and no ill effects.

I also use SleepRight nasal aids to offset the pressure my full face mask exerts on my nose. The mask tends to reduce my nasal opening so this device prevents that while keeping the nose open even further than normal. Walgreen's sells them.

According to the medicos, nasal breathing is more efficient than mouth breathing since it introduces nitric oxide into the air stream. That makes the lungs work better they claim. reference: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8971255

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08-28-2015 12:42 PM
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Sleeprider Offline
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Machine: Resmed Aircurve 10 Vauto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Airfit P10
Humidifier: Resmed Climateline
CPAP Pressure: Auto Bilevel 18/9, PS 3
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead EncoreBasic

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RE: Please help!
A leak rate of 24 Lpm on a Resmed machine is pretty high. I would focus on getting leaks down, be sure the machine setup is correct for the mask you're using, and consider using mask liners to improve leak results.

Your pressure is 5-13 according to your profile. If you can get sleepyhead going, it would be interesting to see what your median and 90% pressures are. I have a suspicion you don't spend much time at the lower range of your settings, and might benefit from an increased minimum pressure. Can't tell without the data.

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08-28-2015 02:29 PM
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(08-28-2015 12:42 PM)surferdude2 Wrote:  According to the medicos, nasal breathing is more efficient than mouth breathing since it introduces nitric oxide into the air stream. That makes the lungs work better they claim. reference: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8971255

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Nitric Oxide is a vasodilator and reduces blood pressure and cardiac afterload.

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08-28-2015 02:45 PM
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Judy1843 Offline

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Machine: Resmed AirSense 10 Model 37028
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: P10
Humidifier: Humidity Level 4 Ramp off
CPAP Pressure: 7-13
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Amara View and DreamWear Nasal

Sex: Female
Location: St Louis,Mo

Post: #9
RE: Please help!
(08-28-2015 02:29 PM)Sleeprider Wrote:  A leak rate of 24 Lpm on a Resmed machine is pretty high. I would focus on getting leaks down, be sure the machine setup is correct for the mask you're using, and consider using mask liners to improve leak results.

Your pressure is 5-13 according to your profile. If you can get sleepyhead going, it would be interesting to see what your median and 90% pressures are. I have a suspicion you don't spend much time at the lower range of your settings, and might benefit from an increased minimum pressure. Can't tell without the data.

I will try to get Sleepyhead going ( not so easy for me) and started documenting my info each morning from my machine clinical setting only. I used my Quattro Air with the 24L leak last night and will try the Amara view tonight with the nasal strips to see if that improves my leak. I'm hoping at some point down the road I can try nasal pillows or something smaller however I have to much going on now to change mask.
08-28-2015 02:59 PM
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Machine: A10 AutoSet
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Location: Australia

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(08-28-2015 11:58 AM)Judy1843 Wrote:  
(08-28-2015 10:27 AM)sgearhart Wrote:  How do you physically feel? . . . This is the main thing.

I sleep well however do not know if my data is ok! What is 24L/min leaks? I struggle with shortness of breath during the day however when on cpap sleeping everything is fine.
I'm not sure about shortness of breath, talk to your doctor about that

As far as leak 24 L/m goes ... not too bad and don't worry about it, at this stage, will get better and the main thing is that ... you're sleeping well

24 L/m means ... leak was at or below 24 L/m for 95% of the night, not all night long as some might think

Sleep-well
08-28-2015 08:44 PM
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