Obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS)

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 ends up with high levels of carbon dioxide in the blood.

Around 90% of patients with OHS also have obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).

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What is OHS?

Hypoventilation means that breathing is too shallow or too slow. Because your body needs to work harder to breathe, your respiratory system* becomes exhausted ....

Why Is Treatment Important?

As you can imagine, not being able to breathe deeply enough might not only affect your ability to do some of the activities you love, but also places a lot of strain on your organs....

Treatment options for obesity hypoventilation syndrome

Studies have shown that OHS can be treated effectively by following a controlled weight-loss program1 and starting positive airway pressure or noninvasive ventilation (NIV).....

Benefits of treatment

Studies have shown that noninvasive ventilation (NIV) can improve the symptoms of respiratory failure associated with chest wall disorders....

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