In a Family Practice News‘ video interview, professor of cardiology Dr Lars Køber discusses the results and what the SERVE-HF findings imply for future treatment.
Cheyne-Stokes respiration, a form of central sleep apnea, differs from obstructive sleep apnea in that heart failure patients do not seem to derive symptomatic benefit from adaptive servo-ventilation treatment, but “physicians have thought they could treat this sleep apnea [with ventilation] and it would change prognosis,” said Dr. Køber.
So it’s hands off the CSR heart failure patients? How about some supplemental oxygen for the non-CO2 retainers? ASV is poorly understood as a modality by many physicians.