Date: 05 Jun 2010

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease

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Opinion statement

Obstructive sleep apnea is a highly prevalent disease that often goes undetected for many years before diagnosis. Although most patients seek treatment to improve symptoms of daytime sleepiness, a growing body of literature suggests that treatment may also modulate cardiovascular risk. This article summarizes the current literature regarding the associations between sleep-disordered breathing and adverse cardiovascular outcomes and reviews the lesser body of data demonstrating the cardiovascular benefits of therapy.