Could sleep apnea be the cause of high blood pressure?
- on September 11, 2022
- Categories: Sleep & Health
The Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study suggests that sleep-disordered breathing (such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)) is likely to be a risk factor for hypertension (high blood pressure).
Treatment of OSA results in a significant reduction in nighttime and morning blood pressure.
Emphasis is now placed on evaluating those with hypertension for underlying OSA.
Treatment of sleep apnea with CPAP may further improve:
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Peppard, Paul E., et al. "Prospective study of the association between sleep-disordered breathing and hypertension." New England Journal of Medicine 342.19 (2000): 1378-1384.
Hou, Haifeng, et al. "Association of obstructive sleep apnea with hypertension: a systematic review and meta-analysis." Journal of global health 8.1 (2018).