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(04-04-2016, 12:35 AM)dewfend Wrote: To set the min pressure to 95%, if I understand correctly, is to keep high pressure and to prevent obstruction?

Right. If obstructive events are the main problem, it usually helps to increase the pressure, especially the Min Pressure.

Quote:I had tried auto set and I have the report, I am asking help to show them here.

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Quote:According to the daily report, CA is most part of the events. During night when I am about to fall asleep, sometime I can sense that I stop breathing and I wake up to breath. So I think now CA is my main concern, hopefully turning EPR off will help resolve it.

Having central apneas as we are falling asleep is not uncommon, maybe even for people who are not very susceptible to CA's.

I'm glad turning off EPR helped. To me that means it is likely you will not be able to use a standard bilevel machine (which, like EPR, produces a pressure drop when we breathe out and a pressure boost when we breathe in), that you will need an ASV machine (unless simply by turning off EPR you are lucky enough that your AHI reduces to less than 5).

I also suggest increasing your Min Pressure gradually (changing the Min Pressure setting not more than 1 or 2 cmH2O per week) to see if a higher Min Pressure improves or worsens your AHI. Every night will be at least a little different in some way, so our AHI varies each night. After making an adjustment it is often best to leave the settings unchanged for a week or two, so we can obtain an average over many days before changing settings again.

Take care,
--- Vaughn

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Hi guys, I bought new S10 Aircurve to get more detailed info, here below is the report of yesterday:


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(04-09-2016, 09:47 PM)dewfend Wrote: Hi guys, I bought new S10 Aircurve to get more detailed info, here below is the report of yesterday:

Hi dewfend,

Your new machine is a very good one and is considered an optimal machine for Obstructive Sleep Apnea when not complicated by an excessive amount of Central Sleep Apnea.

How did you feel upon waking, rested?

Your sleep data does not look bad, but leaves room for improvement.

On average, a Central Apnea occurred 2.8 times per hour, which is a little high, but is only about half as high as when an ASV machine is commonly considered needed. Also, this was at Pressure Support of 4 cmH2O, which may have contributed to an elevation in the number of centrals.

Your AHI of 4.4 is usually considered good, so you can afford to take your time to very gradually tweak the settings. Also, two thirds of the events were central apneas. I am of the opinion that central apneas, especially if fairly short (under 30 seconds), are usually far less stressful to the body than obstructive apneas having similar duration.

Your 95% EPAP was 9.14 cmH2O (in your SleepyHead display, the 95% EPAP can be calculated from the 95% Pressure minus the Pressure Support). The 95% (IPAP) Pressure is the pressure which IPAP was at or lower than, for at least 95% of the night, and it is also the pressure IPAP was at or higher than for at least 5% of the night.

After at least a week with the present settings, I would suggest gradually increasing the Min EPAP setting until, eventually, it sits around 2 cmH2O lower than your long term average 95% EPAP, in order to see if you can lower the number of obstructive apneas without unduly increasing the number of central apneas.

For example, if a week after the Min EPAP was increased to 5 the average Central Apnea Index is below 3, then I would suggest the next step would be increasing the Min EPAP to 6.

However, if increasing the Min EPAP to 5 had (on average) resulted in a significantly higher number of CA events per hour, then I would suggest reducing the Pressure Support from its present value near 4, to 3, and watching for another week before further adjustments.

Take care,
--- Vaughn





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(04-10-2016, 04:45 PM)vsheline Wrote: After at least a week with the present settings, I would suggest gradually increasing the Min EPAP setting until, eventually, it sits around 2 cmH2O lower than your long term average 95% EPAP, in order to see if you can lower the number of obstructive apneas without unduly increasing the number of central apneas.


Take care,
--- Vaughn

Hi Vaughn,

Thanks for the advice.

To be honest, still today, with apparently good data, when upon waking, I didn't feel rested like before when there was purely OA. Therefore CA is main cause from my point of view.
Yesterday I did several things:
1) no smoking
2) go to bed early before 12 p.m.
3) push-up 10 times*3
4) set the pressure support from 4.0 to 3.0
Today the data as follows:
1) CA 1.6, OA 0.2, Hypo 0.4, AHI 2.3
2) CA events average time 13 secs comparing with yesterday's 16 secs

I am not sure which action of above four is the major reason. I will continue sharing my report.
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