What is AHI?
Snoring is a common problem that can have significant consequences on your health. If you suffer from snoring, you may be at risk for sleep apnea, which can lead to serious health problems. A ventilator can help to treat your snoring and improve your sleep quality. The data generated by your ventilator during treatment can be beneficial in revealing your sleep health and the effectiveness of your treatment.
The AHI stands for Apnea-Hypopnea Index, and it's a way to measure how often you experience apneas or hypopneas while you're asleep. As well as how well your CPAP therapy is working.
For example, to view the AHI data for BMC CPAP, open PAPlink and click on the report icon in the navigation bar.
Apnea severity is not solely determined by AHI (other factors include clinical presentation, hypoxemia, sleep fragmentation, and arrhythmias), but it is a helpful way to classify the condition.
AHI is a key metric for diagnosing sleep apnea. It is a measure of the number of apneas and hypopneas per hour of sleep.
- Normal: ≤5
- Mild: 5-14
- Moderate: 15-29
- Severe: ≥30