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Revista Portuguesa de Pneumología 2012, 18 1

Autor: J. Moutinho dos Santos



Revista Portuguesa de Pneumología ISSN: 0873-2159 Sociedade Portuguesa de Pneumologia Portugal Moutinho dos Santos, J. From heart to bad sleep - Lessons for sleep apnoea in times of crisis Revista Portuguesa de Pneumología, vol.
18, núm.
1, enero-febrero, 2012, pp.
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2012;18(1):3—4 EDITORIAL From heart to bad sleep----Lessons for sleep apnoea in times of crisis Do coração a dormir mal --- lições para a apneia do sono em tempos de crise Obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS) is a largely prevalent disorder characterized by repeated episodes of pharyngeal obstruction that causes oxygen desaturation and sleep fragmentation.
Besides the consequences of excessive daytime sleepiness including increased risk of traffic and labour accidents, OSAS has been implicated, with great or less evidence, as an independent risk factor for different cardiovascular diseases as hypertension, stroke, heart failure, arrhythmias, coronary heart disease and myocardial infarction.1 The recognition of OSAS as a treatable putative cause of hypertension and the need for screening is present in international recommendations since 2003.2 Several studies have found an association between OSAS and coronary artery heart disease (CAD).
In a large prospective longitudinal study in men and women who were free of CAD at baseline and followe...

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