OHS or Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome is a common respiratory disease and it creates OHS symptoms like low oxygen levels resulting in excess carbon dioxide in the blood. Obesity syndrome is typically caused by a combination of bad eating habits and lack of exercise, leading to weight gain. Usually, when our carbon dioxide levels are high and oxygen levels are getting low, a signal is transferred by our brain to breathe quickly and deeply. It mainly affects obese people facing respiratory problems which can further lead to hypoxemia and hypoventilation. In certain cases, patients with Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome also develop the OHS symptoms like sleep apnea, resulting in complete discontinuation of respiration during sleep from time to time. It can ultimately disrupt one’s sleeping pattern too. OHS treatment is available and it can result in improved health if patients are careful about it but instead, many patients end up taking sedatives which often turn out to be more harmful than help treat the disease itself.
Though there are no specific triggers known for obesity syndrome yet, many doctors believe that overall weight gain is the main reason. More weight around the chest area makes it difficult to breathe for obese people and usually the most successful treatment is to lose weight and switch to a healthier diet. This is critical to attend to before any external treatment can demonstrate positive results. Besides motivating patients to lose weight through diets and exercise, in many cases doctors might resort to medication or even a surgical process, called bariatric surgery.
OHS treatment is also possible at home through home care services. One approach is through machines that provide Positive Airway Pressure also known as PAP. PAP is used at night when the patient is sleeping. The machine uses mild air pressure in order to keep the airways open so that sleep is not disrupted. Broadly, there are two types of PAP machines and both can be easily used at home. You can opt for the one that best suits the patient, as per the doctor’s advice:
1. CPAP: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
2. BiPAP: Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure
Quality must come first and it is very important that the machines you buy/rent are from a reliable company and whoever is looking after the patient is aware of the functions and usage of the machine. The time of usage and turning the machine on and off must be according to your doctor’s recommendation.
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