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Can You Use Bi Pap Or Cpap Machines At High Elevations
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Continuous positive airway pressure involves the constant application of external pressure to all phases of breathing. The patient would feel as if breathing against the constant headwind. Inhalation would be easier as the pressure enables air entry. Exhalation prevents complete relaxation. This can be helpful in obstructive sleep ...Read more
Depends on person: While CPAP is very helpful in patients with obstructive sleep apnea, myasthenic patients tend to have overall respiratory weakness and do benefit from bipap to a greater degree. That being said, a sleep study can be invaluable in determining the right treatment for each individual. ...Read more
Carbon dioxide level is high in my mother's blood & she is using bipap machine. Is there any medicine for this so that she does not have to use bipap?
Not likely: High serum co2 suggests chronic hypercarbia for which bipap is appropriate. No inhalers will dramatically improve hypercarbia over the short term. An alternative explanation for high serum co2 is severe metabolic alkalosis from vomiting or excessive diuretic use. An arterial blood gas can aid in telling the difference. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have osa and have a cpap machine. Its only on 7.5 rate at the moment. It seems to work and the mask is comfortable but i'm still tired the next day. What could be thereason?
Follow-up study: If you haven't already done so, consider getting another sleep study done with the CPAP machine in place. The study will show if the machine is properly treating your specific situation, and confirm that you are no longer experiencing apnea. Many people immediately feel more rested. Others, (me included--i use CPAP too) don't feel any more rested, but i know that is is better for me. Keep using. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Desensitization: I recommend to my patients to try to use the CPAP device in the evening while watching tv to get used to the feeling of the mask and pressure. This helps to make it easier and more comfortable to use at night while sleeping. Sometimes a mask change is needed for comfort or an adjustment in pressure. For some on higher pressure of CPAP and switch to bipap can make breathing easier. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have severe sleep apnea and have a cpap machine.It used to work great buy now if I start it I feel like I'm suffocating.Can I change settings legall?
Pressure Difference: CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, is a setting in which a fixed pressure is delivered to your upper airway by a nose or face mask. It is constant and does not fluctuate. BiPAP, on the other hand, has two pressures: one when you breathe in and the other when you breathe out. CPAP is typically used for sleep apnea. So can BiPAP, but it can also be used to help breathing in CHF. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
CPAP vs Bi PAP: CPAP is the more common treatment for Sleep apnea and delivers a constant pressure to keep the airways inflated. Bi PAP delivers a higher pressure for inhaling and a lower pressure when exhaling. BiPAP is used in some situations for sleep apnea when the CPAP is not effective or not tolerated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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