Sleep Apnea and Cardiac Disease

Tomas Kara, Tomas Konecny and Virend Somers

in Mayo Clinic Cardiology

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199915712
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322824 | DOI:

Series: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Sleep Apnea and Cardiac Disease

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Sleep is often a salutary and restorative time occupying one-third of our lives. In patients with sleep apnea (also called sleep-disordered breathing), sleep can be a period of hemodynamic, respiratory, and electrochemical turmoil that contributes to the initiation, progression, and worsening of outcomes of various forms of cardiovascular disease. The relation between sleep apnea and cardiovascular disease, the subject of this chapter, is gaining particular relevance with the strikingly high and growing prevalence of sleep apnea in the general population and in cardiac patients.

Chapter.  4297 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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