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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Budweiser, S., Hitzl A.P., Jörres, R.A., Schmidbauer, K., Heinemann, F., Pfeifer, M., (2007). Health-related quality of life and long-term prognosis in chronic hypercapnic respiratory failure: a prospective survival analysis. Respir Res 8(17): 92.