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Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

Apnea is a symptom in which a person stops breathing for a period of time (about 10-20 seconds) and then starts breathing again. Babies can get apnea from some types of infections. Adults can have sleep apnea, often related to loud snoring and some ...Read more


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What does an apnea/hypopnea index of 1.9 mean?

What does an apnea/hypopnea index of 1.9 mean?

AHI: Apnea hypopnea index is the number of episodes per hour that the breathing either stops or is shallow enough to cause a drop in oxygen saturation and an arousal from sleep. AHI numbers under 5 are fairly normal as most of these episodes are very brief and not remembered by a patient. Most patients with an AHI over 10 will benefit from treatment of sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Living with Sleep Apnea (Checklist)

Use your CPAP regularly
Once
Get 7-8 hours of sleep nightly
daily
Don't drink alcohol
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Never drive sleepy
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What is the definition or description of: apnea-hypopnea index?

What is the definition or description of: apnea-hypopnea index?

AHI: Apnea hypopnea index is defined as the number of these events recorded in a psg test per hour of sleep. It is the standard by which a board certified sleep specialist uses in diagnosing the level of obstructive sleep apnea and makes recommendations of treating a particular condition. ...Read more

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Apnea-hypopnea index, how bad an index must one have to have to go on cpap?

Apnea-hypopnea index,  how bad an index must one have to have to go on cpap?

How tired are you?: Generally speaking 10 may be the cut off but if you are having excessive daytime fatigue CPAP therapy would be of great benefit for your quality of life. ...Read more

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Is an apnea hypopnea index of 23 on a Bipap machine good? My AHI without the machine is 23. I have OSA, CSA and hypopnea.

Is an apnea hypopnea index of 23 on a Bipap machine good? My AHI without the machine is 23. I have OSA, CSA and hypopnea.

FATIGUE WITH OSA: Provigil iand nuvigil help with energy and fatigue Also adderal/Ritalin/Starttera. Start a gluten free diet WEIGHT LOSS IS CRITICAL .Wholeapproach.com /gut loss.com. If CPAP or BIPAP is poorly tolerated seek ENT CONSULT for UPP/ vs Hyoid suspension/Partial Glosectomy. Also vitamins to increase metabolism ribose/ubiquinol/carnatine. REJUVENATION-SCIENCE.COM ...Read more

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