Acceptance and short-term tolerance of nasal continuous positive airway pressure therapy in elderly patients with obstructive sleep apnea
Masato HARADA; Mitsutaka TANIGUCHI; Motoharu OHI; Naoharu NAKAI; Mutsumi OKURA; Tomoko WAKAMURA; Masataka TAMURA; Hiroshi KADOTANI; Kazuo CHIN
Sleep and Biological Rhythms 2(1): 53-56
Short-term compliance of nasal continuous airway pressure (n CPAP) therapy in elderly patients (65years or older; n=115) with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea was investigated. When n Cpap therapy was offered to elderly patients with an apnea–hypopnea index greater than 20/h, the acceptance rate of n Cpap therapy was 70%. Of those, the short-term tolerance rate of n Cpap therapy (usage over 3months after initial trial) was 83%.