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Question about flow rate graph
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Question about flow rate graph
Hi,  attached a pic of my flow rate, expanded for inspection.   It looks to me like my inhale is ragged.   I would think the upward curve should be smooth but it almost looks like a double step.   Should I interpret this to be something amiss with my inhale?   Kinda weird to me.   Looks like a slow longish double inhale then a sudden exhale?  

Mx = 12
Mn = 5
Epr = 2

Another few days and I'll be going to min of 7 and epr of 3 but learning and watching how data changes as I make setting changes.



Thanks again,

Don

Forgot the pic!


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RE: Question about flow rate graph
How was the leakage at this time?
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RE: Question about flow rate graph
Leak rate is like 0.   Flow limits are less than 0.20.   I expected to see my flow rate to look like a series of hills, reflecting a slowing increasing pressure followed by a slowly decreasing pressure.   Instead, I see the double peaks in the graph during inhale and can't explain why.
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RE: Question about flow rate graph
Additional EPR may smooth out some of the respiration, but this flow chart does not look bad. We don't know what kind of pressure you received at this snapshot. Your minimum should be 6.0 with EPR 2, or 7.0 with EPR 3 in order to benefit from the the full pressure relief. This chart shows a relatively long-flat peak inspiratory flow, but it's not possible to infer that it is flow limited and appears in the normal spectrum. As far as being ragged, the flow rate consists of many individual data points and when looking at this resolution, it may not appear smooth. We also often see cardioballistic artifacts and other irregularities in flow charts at this resolution. Nothing unusual here.

A zoomed graph is much more useful to see the full suite of data, especially when including mask pressure.
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RE: Question about flow rate graph
Thanks SR!

Its just unexpected.  Like others, I am trying to figure out how to get information from the data.   Appreciate your thoughts on it.

-Don
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RE: Question about flow rate graph
Just a followup ...

Mx = 12
Mn = 6
Epr = 2
AHI = 0.4

Raising the min pressure made a huge difference.  The flow rate didn't smooth out but most everything improved, e.g. flow limits, snore, etc.   Feel good and I think my TMJ approves of the change too.

Thanks, Don
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