Lee WH, Hong SE, Kim HJ, et al. A Comparison of Different Success Definitions in Non-Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Using Cardiopulmonary Coupling. Jour Clin Sleep Med 2016; 12(1): 35-41 DOI: 10.5664/jcsm.5388
The definition and the criteria for the successful treatment of obstructive sleep apnea vary, depending on the study. This study aimed to compare different success criteria of non-continuous positive airway pressure (non-CPAP) treatment for obstructive sleep apnea in terms of sleep quality by using cardiopulmonary coupling.
Cardiopulmonary coupling (CPC) analysis showed that a reduction in the apnea-hypopnea index of more than 50% might be the optimal criterion to determine the success or failure of non-CPAP treatment in terms of sleep quality.
The CPC-method offers a simple tool to objectively measure treatment success or failure.