Sleep apnea and heart

Younghoon Kwon, Jeongok Logan, Snigdha Pusalavidyasagar, Takatoshi Kasai, Crystal S.J. Cheong, Chi Hang Lee

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Scientific investigations in the past few decades have supported the important role of sleep in various domains of health. Sleep apnea is a highly prevalent yet underdiagnosed sleep disorder representing a valid cardiovascular risk factor, particularly for hypertension. While several studies have demonstrated the benefits of sleep apnea treatment on subclinical cardiovascular measures, there is a paucity of studies proving reduction of cardiovascular events and mortality. Sufficient and highquality sleep is also important in the maintenance of cardiovascular health. Future investigations should focus on improving identification of patients at greatest risk of adverse cardiovascular sequelae of sleep apnea and testing the therapeutic benefit of sleep apnea treatment in this vulnerable group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-74
Number of pages8
JournalSleep Medicine Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was partially supported by NIH R21HL140432 (YK).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 The Korean Society of Sleep Medicine.


  • Cardiovascular
  • Sleep
  • Sleep apnea

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article


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