Sleep Disordered Breathing: Hypertension and Cardiac Structure and Function

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  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common form of sleep disordered breathing and has a relatively high prevalence in the general population. The frequency and severity of OSA is associated with age, male sex, and obesity, and OSA has been linked to cardiovascular complications and death. Importantly, OSA has a strong association with both prevalent and incidental hypertension and has a particularly high prevalence in patients with resistant hypertension. In these patients, CPAP and other OSA-directed treatments have been proposed as therapy to help control blood pressure (BP), especially in patients who have not attained optimal BP control despite maximum pharmacological therapy. OSA has also been associated with alterations in cardiac structure and function, although most studies are small and highly limited in study design. Existing data suggest an association between OSA greater left ventricle (LV) mass and hypertrophy that appears independent of confounders including hypertension and obesity. Although less clear and more controversial, OSA severity has been linked to LV systolic and diastolic function, pulmonary hypertension, and right ventricular hypertrophy. Further studies are needed to confirm the potential causal role of OSA in these observed associations with cardiac abnormalities.
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  • Querejeta Roca G; Shah AM
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  • 17
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  • 12