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      The benefits of treatment

      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



      Olson AL, Zwillich C. The obesity hypoventilation syndrome. Am J Med 2005 Sep;


      Nowbar S, Burkart KM, Gonzales R, Fedorowicz A, Gozansky WS, Gaudio JC, Taylor MR, Zwillich CW. Obesity-associated hypoventilation in hospitalised patients: prevalence, effects, and outcome. Am J Med. 2004 Jan 1;


      Berg G, Delaive K, Manfreda J, et al. The use of healthcare resources in obesity hypoventilation syndrome. Chest. 2001;


      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.

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