Obstructive sleep apnea: one more target in cardiac rehabilitation

Maria Teresa La Rovere, Francesco Fanfulla, Oreste Febo
  • Maria Teresa La Rovere
    Divisione di Cardiologia, Fondazione “Salvatore Maugeri”, IRCCS, Istituto Scientifico di Montescano, Pavia, Italy | mariateresa.larovere@fsm.it
  • Francesco Fanfulla
    Unità di Medicina del Sonno, Fondazione “Salvatore Maugeri”, IRCCS, Istituto Scientifico di Pavia, Italy
  • Oreste Febo
    Divisione di Cardiologia, Fondazione “Salvatore Maugeri”, IRCCS, Istituto Scientifico di Montescano, Pavia, Italy

Abstract

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a highly prevalent sleep-related breathing disorder, often unrecognized and undiagnosed, in patients with established cardiovascular diseases. Considerable evidence is now available in support of a significant association between OSA and increased risk for cardiovascular disease morbidity. OSA has also been recognised as a potential public health issue associated with societal consequences including accidents and work economics. Treatment of OSA would reduce cardiovascular risk and the overall usage of health care resources. OSA might be a modifiable risk factor and screening for OSA should be implemented in cardiac rehabilitation settings.

Keywords

cardiac rehabilitation, obstructive sleep apnea, cardiovascular risk

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