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Aug 1, 2018 · Cpap and sleep in Sleep Health

Don't be too tough on yourself… your body is used to looking for its energy in food because you weren't getting reenergizing sleep. So you naturally pursued carbs for quick energy and comfort foods. That doesn't mean your off the hook… it's one of the 3 health pillars: Good sleep, good food and good exercise.

As your body heals itself at rest and your energy picks up, you r cravings will lessen and you'll have more power over them.

Jul 31, 2018 · Cpap and sleep in Sleep Health

Hey JB,

I'm not sure if you were looking for feedback or were just posting your situation.

The scale referred to is the AHI scale and measures like this:
Normal sleep: Fewer than 5 events per hour
Mild sleep apnea: 5 to 14 events per hour
Moderate sleep apnea: 15 to 29 events per hour
Severe sleep apnea: 30 or more events per hour

So your 52 is a big deal. Fifty two times an hour your breathing/oxygen saturation is disrupted, blasting adrenaline thru your system and putting your heart health at risk.

My diagnosis put me at a 60 and with a breathing pattern referred to as Cheyne-Stokes which complicates the issue. Between the two I developed an arrhythmia called PVCs that, based on my last two 72 hour monitors, average 32,000 a day… a deadly combination.

I share this because after less than 60 nights on my ASV machine (by Res-Med w/water chamber), my AHI average for the last 10 days has been 6. And equally important is that my daily PVC load has come down dramatically. I'll be on a monitor again in about 3 weeks and am confident it will show me closer to 5,000/day.

So, my message to you, John, is to take this seriously – know your mask will take a while for you to get used to using thru the night and your mask will periodically leak, but hang in there – use your machine diligently and you'll see improvements in your rest, energy and general health!

Best, John

Jun 12, 2018 · Weaning off Metoprolol in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Hey Kenny,

A couple of quick things…

At last count (wearing monitor for three days) I had 32000 pvcs a day, Like you my pulse registers low… high 30s to low 40’s. That is not indicative of our actual pulse because cuffs don’t pick up/count all the pvcs.

Re: Metoprolol

I take 50mg/day. I found myself without them and without access to a pharmacy for 10 days. So I essentially went cold turkey. I felt and observed (personal cuff/monitor) no significant change… other than the angst of not knowing what to expect.

Unless, responses are coming from a medical professional, I’d not bank on them. Personally, use your personal monitor a few times a day (same time each day) to see how your heart responds and make sure you’ve got some in the cabinet should you need them. Good health and luck to you!

Jun 11, 2018 · Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group in Heart Rhythm Conditions

A quick medical profile:
I'm a 64 year old male
6'1" 210 lbs
Walk 4-7 miles a day
I take magnesium supplements
I drink 1 cup of coffee per day
I avoid sugar
I eat no red meat
Yet, I've had 2 heart attacks and have had 3 stents placed
Test data says the plumbing in my heart is great, but…

I experience as many as 34,000 pvc waves per day, 72% are classified as bigeminy, some trigeminy.
– To date they're benign; not increasing with exertion
– Symptomatically, I can become light headed, dizzy and sometimes short of breath
– I can be out of breath after feeding the dog, but be fine 20 minutes later doing a 3 mile walk.
– I had an attempted ablation, but the origin of the PVCs was not accessible.

I've subsequently been diagnosed with severe central sleep apnea… my breathing stops on average of once every 60 seconds (severe apnea is considered more that 20 times a hour.)

Additionally, my brain has become desensitized to the constant stopping of breaths and surges of adrenaline resulting in Cheyne-Stokes breathing.

Both of these are likely drivers of my PVC's.

I'm now on a type of CPAP; an Adaptive Servo-Ventilation (ASV) sleep machine that has eliminated the occurrence of apnea events and seemingly reduced the PVC load. By how much is hard to say until I wear a monitor again, but interruptive symptoms are down to about one hour a day.

I'm here because I want to make sure I'm not missing anything in my control that I can do to avoid a lifetime of medication without compromising my health.
Are you aware of any holistic approaches to mitigate or eliminate pvc waves or interventions not requiring meds?

Thank You!