Cheyne-Stokes respiration is not related to quality of life or sleepiness in heart failure

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Background and aims: The effects of central sleep apnea in Cheyne-Stokes respiration on sleep-related symptoms and quality of life are not very well established. We aimed to investigate whether Cheyne-Stokes respiration is related to health-related quality of life. We also studied the impact on daytime sleepiness and nocturnal dyspnea. Methods: Included were 203 consecutive patients, stabilized following in-hospital treatment for decompensated congestive heart failure. They underwent overnight cardiorespiratory sleep apnea recordings in hospital and answered a set of questions on symptoms and health-related quality of life questionnaires in the form of the Nottingham Health Profile and the Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire. After excluding seven patients with predominantly obstructive apneas and 14 with insufficient recordings, 182 patients were included in the final analysis. Results: One third of the patients had an apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) of > 30. Falling asleep in front of the television was the only symptom related to (AHI). Nocturnal dyspnea, daytime sleepiness, generic quality of life or disease-specific quality of life were not related to AHI. Conclusions: Cheyne-Stokes respiration was not associated with health-related quality of life, daytime sleepiness or nocturnal dyspnea among patients stabilized following treatment for congestive heart failure. Please cite this paper as: Midgren B, Mared L, Franklin KA, Berg S, Erhardt L and Cline C. Cheyne-Stokes respiration is not related to quality of life or sleepiness in heart failure. The Clinical Respiratory Journal 2009; DOI:10.1111/j.1752-699X.2009.00139.x.


  • Bengt Midgren
  • Lena Mared
  • Karl Anders Franklin
  • Sören Berg
  • Leif RW Erhardt
  • Charles Cline
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Sidor (från-till)30-36
TidskriftClinical Respiratory Journal
Utgåva nummer1
StatusPublished - 2010
Peer review utfördJa