Hi just found site today and have learned MANY new things! this website should be included with all cpap machines. I have been using a cpap for 10 years with good results, until I got the ResMed auto S9. I had been using the nasel pillows for the last 3yrs at an 8 pressure. with the new machine I am at 11 and had to start using the full face, my mouth was opening and i was biting my tongue. Now after 3 months of use my bloodpressure has gone up to 134/100, with sever anxiety
and heart palpatations. My bloodpressure has always been 120/70. I will be seeing my DR tomorrow. I have narrowed it down to the cpap. Has anyone else had this problem? any input will be appreciated.
Hi Brenda 66,
WELCOME to the forum.!
It's a good thing you are seeing your Dr. to rule out any problems.
Hang in there for more answers to your question.
Best of luck with your Dr. Apointment.
04-07-2013, 12:59 PM
(This post was last modified: 04-07-2013, 01:07 PM by DocWils.)
Generally. no, unless you are experiencing higher levels of oxygen deprivation, your bp shouldn't go up from using a CPAP. Of course, it is possible, anything is. I would keep it in your pocket, take a copy of your latest read out with you for your doc to see, and if you have oximetry as well, bring that along too. But there are many reasons for your bp to jump, anxiety being one of them. I would be sure to look at all possibilities, since if your CPAP is correctly adjusted and you are compliant, the likelihood of having that great a bp jump from CPAP usage is very small. On the other hand, if your CPAP is incorrectly adjusted for you, or the new therapeutic mask is leaking like a sieve, etc, and your AHI has crept up, it is possible. But it really would have be a documented failure of the CPAP to achieve the therapeutic goals in order for that to happen, or the mask not venting the CO2 properly. If that were the case, though, you probably would have pretty big headaches as well.
One thought, since you mention palpitations and anxiety now that you have a full face mask - is it possible that you are having a claustrophobic reaction to the mask? Or is the higher pressure causing an increase in Central Apnoea events (that should be visible in the print out of your data chip)?