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Although sleep apnea is closely associated with cardiovascular disease, it remains underdiagnosed and undertreated. Obstructive sleep apnea elicits a cascade of harmful cardiovascular stimuli, and central sleep apnea is a prognostic factor for heart failure and may exert adverse effects on outcomes. The adverse effects of obstructive sleep apnea can promote the development of atherosclerosis and have also been implicated in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease. Sleep apnea characterized by variables of the autonomic nervous system may have a direct association with arrhythmia. Polysomnography with electroencephalography is the gold standard for assessing sleep apnea. Alternative methods of screening for OSA have recently become available. Continuous positive airway pressure for obstructive sleep apnea reduces cardiac risk and cardiovascular disease mortality. Targeting sleep apnea in the primary and/or secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease may lead to better outcomes.
Continuous positive airway pressure