We have worked with medical experts in different fields to evaluate and consolidate the latest studies in the area of sleep apnoea, establishing in particular links between this disorder and other ailments. The resulting clinician folders deepen insights into sleep apnoea, underscoring the importance of effective and timely treatment.
Sleep apnoea and cardiovascular disease.
Here we worked with physician Winfried J. Randerath to select and evaluate the latest publications looking at the links between respiratory disturbances and heart diseases. Obstructive sleep apnoea is widely accepted as one of the major cardiovascular risk factors. Conversely, about 50% of heart failure patients present with obstructive or central breathing disturbances.
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Obstructive sleep apnoea and impaired glucose metabolism.
In collaboration with physician Michiel M.M. Eijsvogel, we looked at the growing evidence indicating that impaired glucose metabolism and obstructive sleep apnoea are linked. As Dr. Eijsvogel explains, given the high prevalence of diabetes mellitus in obstructive sleep apnoea and vice versa, the increased cardiovascular risk and the treatability of these conditions, it is extremely important that both patients and physicians be aware of these interrelationships.
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Obstructive sleep apnoea and stroke.
In his introduction, physician Alain Lurie confirms that epidemiological, longitudinal and therapeutic studies have produced convincing evidence that obstructive sleep apnoea is associated with an increased risk of stroke, although the causal link has not yet been established. He goes on to say that guidelines recommend the assessment of obstructive sleep apnoea in stroke patients (particularly in those with abdominal obesity, hypertension, heart disease or drug-resistant hypertension) and to consider CPAP therapy when necessary.
Obstructive sleep apnoea and driving.
With an introduction from Professor Jim Horne, PhD DSc, this folder presents evidence that obstructive sleep apnoea is often associated with obesity, especially in middle-aged men. If undiagnosed in a driver, it increases the risk of a (sleep-related) collision by a factor of seven or so. Failure to brake increases the severity of these collisions. Diagnosis is usually straightforward, and effective treatment by nasal continuous positive airway pressure typically enables the driver to return to safe driving within a few weeks.