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i recently had a question from a HealthCentral subscriber who was concerned that though he was getting treatment for sleep apnea, he was tested and found to have certain prolonged periods where the amount of oxygen in his blood was tested as "low." He was also feeling "tired." He questioned whether the therapy was "sufficient" and "on target."
After noting the machine he was using at night - he supplied the brand name and type - I told him he was using the optimal available machine. I also told him that his tiredness was tied more to the quality of his sleep rather than the oxygen levels. I did point out that what would be important to know was:
What his blood pressure readings and his cardiac status (whether or not there were arrythmias ) were during the low oxygen level periods.
The reason I highlighted this was because these 2 parameters can indeed be affected by poor oxygenation of the blood - or not - but if they are, the ramifications ...
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