Cardiovascular Consequences of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Brynn K. Dredla, Pablo R. Castillo

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Purpose of Review: To review the clinical evidence for a relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and hypertension, arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, and congestive heart failure. Recent Findings: Current data show that obstructive sleep apnea is a risk for cardiovascular disease. Studies have linked untreated moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea to hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, and congestive heart failure. However, uncertainty regarding benefits of treatment of obstructive sleep apnea to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease still exists. The issue of poor compliance has been an on-going limitation of CPAP trials. Summary: Evidence shows obstructive sleep apnea is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease but trials have yet to clarify if cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality decreases with treatment of the apnea. Future treatment trials are needed to address the question of whether treatment decreases cardiovascular risk in patients with obstructive sleep apnea.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number137
JournalCurrent cardiology reports
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2019


  • Arrhythmia
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Hypertension
  • Obstructive sleep Apnea
  • Sleep apnea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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