Obstructive sleep apnea as a risk factor for coronary events or cardiovascular death
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This study aims to determine whether obstructive sleep apnea independently increases the risk of coronary events, including death from cardiovascular causes.
We conducted an observational cohort study among consecutive patients ≥50 years of age who were referred during 1997–2001 to the Yale Center for Sleep Medicine for suspected sleep-disordered breathing and were followed longitudinally for subsequent coronary events or cardiovascular death. Each study participant underwent an overnight polysomnography; obstructive sleep apnea was defined as an apnea–hypopnea index ≥5/h. The composite outcome during a mean duration of follow-up of 2.9 years was myocardial infarction, coronary artery revascularization procedures (angioplasty, stent placement, or coronary artery bypass graft surgery), or death from cardiovascular causes.
Among 1,436 enrolled patients, 1,024 (71%) had an apnea–hypopnea index ≥5/h. In an unadjusted analysis, obstructive sleep apnea was associated with an increased risk of coronary events or cardiovascular death (hazard ration (HR) 2.57, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.39–4.72, P = 0.003). After adjustment for traditional cardiovascular risk factors (including body mass index and hypertension), obstructive sleep apnea retained a statistically significant association with this composite outcome (HR 2.06, 95% CI 1.10–3.86, P = 0.024).
Obstructive sleep apnea increases the risk of coronary events or death from cardiovascular causes.
- Obstructive sleep apnea as a risk factor for coronary events or cardiovascular death
Sleep and Breathing
Volume 14, Issue 2 , pp 131-136
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- Coronary artery disease
- Cardiovascular disease
- Obstructive sleep apnea
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- 1. Yale Center for Sleep Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA
- 2. Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, 300 Cedar Street, TAC-441 South, P.O. Box 208057, New Haven, CT, 06520-8057, USA
- 4. Clinical Epidemiology Research Center, Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, CT, USA
- 3. General Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA