Sleep apnea's heart risk comparable to that of diabetes in study

12/6/2012 | HealthDay News

People with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea have similar early endothelial dysfunction and arterial stiffness as patients with diabetes, increasing their risk for cardiovascular disease, a small study found. "Our study is a signal for cardiologists, pneumologists and general practitioners to work together to actively diagnose obstructive sleep apnea, administer the appropriate treatment (continuous positive airway pressure -- CPAP) and assess arterial function," researcher Dr. Raluca Mincu said. The findings were to be presented at the annual meeting of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging.

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