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Doctor insights on: Can You Use Bi Pap Or Cpap Machines At High Elevations

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Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
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Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (Definition)

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


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For myasthenia gravis patients is. Bipap machine better than cpap?

For myasthenia gravis patients is. Bipap machine better than cpap?

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

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Completed sleep study and have mild sleep apnea. Oxygen recorded during sleep 86%. Will a CPAP machine help ease my high rate of PVCs (20,000) a day.

Completed sleep study and have mild sleep apnea. Oxygen recorded during sleep 86%. Will a CPAP machine help ease my high rate of PVCs (20,000) a day.

CPAP and PVCs: Hi Derrick, there is data that demonstrates that CPAP usage does decrease the number of PVCs, but this was only in patients diagnosed with heart failure. Keep in mind that regular CPAP usage should improve any current symptoms related to sleep apnea such as day time fatigue and will also prevent long term complications such as pulmonary hypertension. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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How many americans use a cpap machine?

Approximately 17 M: In USA 42 M diagnosed with OSA. Since CPAP works only if you’re using it, if only 40% of people are still using CPAP regularly 5 years after beginning treatment, then the CPAP success rate is at best 40%. Approximately 17 M CPAP machine users. ...Read more

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What are the alternatives to cpap machine?

What are the alternatives to cpap machine?

OSA Treatment: Obstructive sleep apnea treatment options include: weight loss, nasal decongestant, positional therapy, CPAP (breathing mask), oral appliance therapy and surgery. See a sleep disorders specialist for a sleep study and management. ...Read more

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What is the best mask to use with a cpap machine?

What is the best mask to use with a cpap machine?

CPAP mask fit: The one that fits most comfortably yet provides the necessary delivery eliminating any significant oxygen desaturation. There are many available so there should be one that is comfortable yet provides a good seal. Many have associated restless leg syndrome or periodic limb movement disorder, therefor aggressively treating that effectively seems to allow for more comfort with cpap. ...Read more

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What is a cpap machine used for? How does it work?

Sleep apnea: CPAP machines are used to treat obstructive sleep apnea, and they are the most effective therapy for this condition. They work by applying pressure to the inhaled air you breathe while asleep, preventing your palate or throat from collapsing and thus obstructing airflow. When tolerated by patients, 95%+ success rates are observed. ...Read more

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What do you recommend to clean a cpap machine with?

What do you recommend to clean a cpap machine with?

Water and vinegar: Vinegar is a weak acid and will clean most CPAP parts without hurting the components or tubing ...Read more