Sleep . 6: Obstructive sleep apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome and hypertension

Robinson, G. V.; Stradling, J. R.; Davies, R. J. O.
December 2004
Thorax;Dec2004, Vol. 59 Issue 12, p1089
Academic Journal
This article reports that obstructive sleep apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome (OSAHS) is primarily treated to improve quality of life by controlling excessive daytime sleepiness. It is clear that patients with OSAHS have, on average, higher blood pressures than age and sex matched controls, and the strength of this relationship is striking. About 40 percent of patients with OSAHS are hypertensive while awake according to standard criteria, and about 40 percent of patients with resistant hypertension have detectable OSAHS. Robust clinical trial data now show that OSAHS is independently associated with systemic hypertension and that blood pressure falls when severe sleep apnoea is treated with the most effective available therapy, nasal continuous positive airway pressure treatment.


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