I had a sleep study to check for sleep apnea?
I am 58, female, 5’5″, 165 lbs. I take the following medications:
Last month I had a sleep study to check for sleep apnea. When I went for the follow-up appointment, all the doctor said was that I had mild sleep apnea, and he didn’t think I needed CPAP treatment. He asked if I had any questions, and I didn’t. He did not show me a report or go into any detail.
As I was leaving, I asked for a copy of the test results, thinking it would be interesting to see. The report was very detailed and contained lots of terms and abbreviations that I had to look up. The first thing I noticed was that REM sleep was only 1.5% N1, N2, & N3 did not fall within the normal range either. The technician noted many RERA. I have suffered from chronic severe major depression for most of my life, so I guess I’m looking to see if any sleep factors could be contributing to it.
Skipping over to cardiac summary, I was alarmed to see bradycardia and unclassified tachycardia checked, with highest heart rate 255 bpm. This scares me, because my mother and grandmother had heart problems, and both had pacemakers.
If the doctors had shown me the report, I could have asked them about these things. They did not reply to my email. Seems like they would have mentioned the findings. Are they nothing to be concerned about? I have anxiety disorders also, so maybe I’m worried over nothing.
I wrote a detailed letter to my regular doctor,and she did not answer any questions – just replied, “Will order CPAP titration and pulse rate evaluation.” I don’t even know what that means. I don’t want a CPAP, I want to know if my brain waves and my heart are ok. Is a pulse rate evaluation going to explain why I had arrhythmias in my sleep?
I just want another doctor to look at the test results (attached) and tell me what they think.
Thank you so much.