CPAP event number

Lina_Ann
on 11/7/17 2:28 pm

According to my ResMed machine, I consistently only have 1 breathing event per hour. Is this even considered sleep apnea if I only have 1 event an hour?

Referral: June 2017
RNY with Dr. Neville in Ottawa: January 8th, 2018

Age: 25 // Height: 5'2

VSG on 12/10/13

Is it measuring events while you're using the CPAP? Or while you're sleeping without any breathing assistance?

I found this scale from Harvard that says "mild" apnea is defined as 5 - 15 events per hour.

http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/sleep-apnea/diagnosing-o sa/understanding-results

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NuMe2018
on 11/7/17 5:57 pm

Anything under 5 per hour is normal. The question is would you only have 1 per hour without the machine?

Highfunctioningfatman
on 11/8/17 12:30 pm, edited 11/8/17 4:30 am
VSG on 08/29/16

Your cpap is correcting your apnea to where you are in a "normal" level. The best way to determine whether or not you still need it is to do another "diagnostic" sleep study. This can be done at home or in a lab.

A cheaper alternative would be to do an overnight oximetry on room air. It won't see apneas but it will see the spikes in your heart rate in relation to any desaturations that you may have.

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