Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sleep Disorderd Breathing and All-Cause Mortality in 40 to 70 Year Old Men in Sleep Heart Health Study

An article in the September-October issud of Sleep Diagnosis and Therapy (vol4 No 6) reports on the results from the Sleep Heart Helth Study based on 6441 men and women in the study. With an average follow-up of over 8 years during which time 1047 participants died. There was a statistically significant increased risk of death particularly in men aged 40- 70 y/o. Intermittent hypoxia was independently associated with increases in all cause mortality.

The study concluded that "Sleep-disordered breathing is associated with all-cause mortality and specifically that due to coronary artery disease, particularly in men aged 40-70 years.

Labels: , , ,

posted by Dr Shapira at 9:30 AM