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Re: Deep breathing difficult-CPAP or Heart problems?

Posted by Jo on May 27, 1998 at 08:23:40:

In Reply to: Deep breathing difficult-CPAP or Heart problems? posted by Bob on May 26, 1998 at 17:53:07:

Hello Bob...

I can only give you benefit of my personal experience with breathing issues. This past March, my inability to "catch my breath" or take a deep breath landed me in a cardiologist's office where I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure...the underlying cause was severe and uncontrolled hypertension...I have, what my doc calls, an "overly muscular" heart...the only part of me that is, trust me! (grin)

The high blood pressure was not responding well to traditional meds...so my doc referred me for a sleep disorder study (hypertension is often secondary to OSA) and, last Friday, I began sleeping with a BiPAP machine - not that I'm complaining, but Tom Cruise would be better company. (hmmm...wonder if he snores....naaaw!!)

If you haven't talked with your cardiologist about this, that would be my first suggestion...

In closing, I was unable to use the CPAP...felt as though it was sucking every centimeter of air out of my body...the BiPAP (w/heated humidifier) helps tremendously...you might want to talk with your sleep doc.

Jo

P.S. If my "attempts" at humor seem as though I'm making light of your concerns, Bob...forgive me - that is not my intention. For me, the past few months have been

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