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Adaptive servoventilation improves cardiac function and respiratory stability

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      Cheyne–Stokes respiration (CSR) in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) is of major prognostic impact and expresses respiratory instability. Other parameters are daytime pCO2, VE/VCO2-slope during exercise, exertional oscillatory ventilation (EOV), and increased sensitivity of central CO2 receptors. Adaptive servoventilation (ASV) was introduced to specifically treat CSR in CHF. Aim of this study was to investigate ASV effects on CSR, cardiac function, and respiratory stability. A total of 105 patients with CHF (NYHA ≥ II, left ventricular ejection fraction (EF) ≤ 40%) and CSR (apnoea–hypopnoea index ≥ 15/h) met inclusion criteria. According to adherence to ASV treatment (follow-up of 6.7 ± 3.2 months) this group was divided into controls (rejection of ASV treatment or usage <50% of nights possible and/or <4 h/night; n = 59) and ASV (n = 56) adhered patients. In the ASV group, ventilator therapy was able to effectively treat CSR. In contrast to controls, NYHA class, EF, oxygen uptake, 6-min walking distance, and NT-proBNP improved significantly. Moreover, exclusively in these patients pCO2, VE/VCO2-slope during exercise, EOV, and central CO2 receptor sensitivity improved. In CHF patients with CSR, ASV might be able to improve parameters of SDB, cardiac function, and respiratory stability.

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            [1 ]Department of Cardiology, Heart and Diabetes Centre North Rhine Westphalia, University Hospital, Ruhr University Bochum, Georgstrasse 11, 32545 Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
            [2 ]Cardiac Research Unit, Heart and Diabetes Centre North Rhine Westphalia, Ruhr University Bochum, Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
            [3 ]Department of Business Administration and Economics, University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
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            Clin Res Cardiol
            Clinical Research in Cardiology
            Springer-Verlag (Berlin/Heidelberg )
            12 September 2010
            12 September 2010
            February 2011
            : 100
            : 2
            : 107-115
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