News From The Journal Chest

Blood pressure decreased compliance with CPAP ,

A new study suggests that patients with obstructive sleep apnea and high blood pressure could benefit from good continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment compliance. Researchers from Spain monitored the blood pressure of 55 patients with obstructive sleep apnea for 24 hours before and after CPAP treatment CPAP treatment. They noted that the long-term CPAP therapy reduces blood pressure modestly in the whole group, patients who initially higher blood pressure and good CPAP agreement marked drop in blood pressure. This study is published in the December issue of the journal Chest .

Oral Predisolone Preferred for the treatment of COPD Exacerbations ,

New research from the Netherlands to suggest oral prednisolone that is as effective in the treatment of COPD exacerbations as intravenous counterpart. Prednisolone, which is a corticosteroid, was on 435 hospitalized patients, 107 received the drug intravenously and 103 he received orally. More than 1 week, researchers found improvement in the health and spirometry related to the quality of life for both groups. The study's conclusion that the two treatments are equally effective, but because of the method of administration, oral prednisolone is preferable. This study is published in the December issue of the journal Chest .

Predictors and prevalence of daytime Hypercapnia ,

Hypercapnia is a condition in which a person experiences a person involved carbon dioxide in the blood. In a new study, Japanese researchers studied the prevalence of daytime hypercapnia by patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, a sleep clinic and was polysomnographischen. Of the 1227 patients in the study, 14% exhibited during the day hypercapnia, and all of these patients had a significantly higher body mass index and apnea-hypopnea index. Researchers also found that after 3 months CPAP therapy, daytime hypercapnia was corrected in 51% of patients. This study is published in the December issue of the journal Chest .

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Source: Amy Jenkins

American College of Chest Physicians