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Old 08-27-2012, 09:50 PM   #1
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Sleep Apnea causing ventricular tachycardia

Ok, apparently my sleep apnea is now causing me to experience ventricular tachycardia while sleeping, pretty intense. Doctor said it's 21 beat run of VT during sleep. My problem is I can't wear a CPAP mask I have tried several and I can't fall asleep. My tonsils are already removed. Will there be anything else they can try or do for me??

 
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Re: Sleep Apnea causing ventricular tachycardia

For sleep apnea this severe, I would use the CPAP again, but ask for a sleeping pill to help you sleep so you aren't fighting it. Also, be sure your CPAP pressure is set high enough to keep your airway open and prevent the apneic spells. It takes sometimes a month or two to get used to the CPAP enough to sleep decently, and a sleeping pill will relax you enough to not be so bothered by the equipment. V tach is very serious, and I would ask the cardiologist to prescribe home monitoring for your heart with an alarm which will ring and awaken you after 3 or 4 consecutive PVC's, as these are caused by lack of oxygen, and they should stop as soon as you start breathing. You can also be on nightime oxygen hooked up to the CPAP to help prevent the low oxygen levels putting you into V Tach. I am on CPAP with oxygen, so I understand how difficult it is to get used to, and find a system that works for you.

 
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Re: Sleep Apnea causing ventricular tachycardia

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Ok, apparently my sleep apnea is now causing me to experience ventricular tachycardia while sleeping, pretty intense. Doctor said it's 21 beat run of VT during sleep. My problem is I can't wear a CPAP mask I have tried several and I can't fall asleep. My tonsils are already removed. Will there be anything else they can try or do for me??
Have you tried the nasal pillow? I would not fool around with sleep apnea and I speak from experience. When I was told I needed the machine, the dr. told me that it may take a couple of nights to get used to, but I told myself that my life would be in jeopardy if I did not use it, so started right away and had no trouble. Good luck.

 
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