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By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT on December 24th, 2015

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What is Cheyne-Stokes Breathing?

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A sleep technologist's guide to Cheyne-Stokes Breathing


Cheyne–Stokes respiration (named after the physicians who first described the condition) is an abnormal pattern of breathing characterized by progressively deeper and sometimes faster breathing, followed by a gradual decrease that results in an apnea. This type of central sleep apnea is most commonly associated with congestive heart failure or stroke. This condition is characterized by a gradual increase and then decrease in breathing effort and airflow. During the weakest breathing effort, a total lack of airflow (central sleep apnea) can occur.

Learn more about why it matters to sleep technologists most by reading the AAST's Case of The Month article on Cheyne-Stokes Breathing!

By clicking here, you will be able to access Dr. Rosenberg's discussion of a patient with periodic respiratory events, who has loud snoring, witnessed apnea and daytime sleepiness. In which a diagnostic sleep study shows periodic crescendo-decrescendo breathing, but virtually all of the events are at least partly obstructive and Cheyne-Stokes breathing pattern cannot be scored. This module by Dr.Rosenberg also discusses the treatment options for this patient and the practice parameter on treatment of central apnea, making it a technologist must-read!

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About Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT

Because of the implementation of his best practices of Implementing Inbound Marketing in its Medical Practice, he turned the once stagnant online presence of Alaska Sleep Clinic to that of "The Most Trafficked Sleep Center Website in the World" in just 18 months time. He is the President and CEO of inboundMed and enjoys helping sleep centers across the globe grow their business through his unique vision and experience of over 27 years in sleep medicine.

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