Men aged 20-29 most at risk for sleep apnea

Thursday, March 31, 2005

YARMOUTH, Maine -- According to a new study, men aged 20 to 29 with severe sleep apnea have 10 times the risk of dying from heart related ailments than their non-sleep apnea peers. The study, which was carried out by the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, also showed that men aged 30 to 39 have three times the risk of dying, while those in their forties have twice the risk. But those aged 50 or older don't have a higher risk of dying than the same age group in the general population, according to the report. In light of these findings, researchers recommended not only screening young people with sleep apnea symptoms, but also those in groups known to have a high prevalence of sleep apnea like obesity and hypertension.