As the name suggests, obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS) affects people who are overweight or obese.
Hypoventilation means that breathing is too shallow or too slow. Because the body needs to work harder to breathe, the respiratory system becomes exhausted and the body could end up with high levels of carbon dioxide in the blood.
Around 90% of patients with OHS also have obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).
The good news is that even if you have OHS, studies have shown that there are treatment options available.
Learn the benefits of treating OHS with noninvasive ventilation.