Obstructive sleep apnea increases cardio risk in elderly

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

YARMOUTH, Maine – Severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), if left untreated in the elderly, is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular death, according to research published Sept. 13 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The observational study, conducted by Miguel-Angel Martinez-Garcia, MD, of La Fe University in Valencia, Spain, and colleagues, involved 939 patients aged 65 and older with OSA, and a subgroup of patients aged 75 and older that yielded similar results. Authors of the study wrote that compliance with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is associated with a decrease in the risk of mortality to levels similar to those seen in patients without OSA. FMI: http://www.jaapa.com/obstructive-sleep-apnea-ups-cardio-risk-in-the-elderly/article/259160/.