In addition to feeling better physically, there are many other benefits to treating OHS with noninvasive ventilation (NIV).
The exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide between the blood and the air in your lungs is improved1
There is less pressure put on the muscles that help you breathe2
There is a positive effect on your lung function3
Higher life expectancy compared to those with OHS that are not treated with NIV4
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