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Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea : No Longer Just a Lot of Hot Air

Scott E. Eveloff, MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: Kansas City, MO
 ,  Dr. Eveloff is Attending Physician, Research Medical Center.

Correspondence to: Scott E. Eveloff, MD, FCCP, Kansas City Pulmonary Clinic, 303T Research Medical Office Tower, 6420 Prospect Ave, Kansas City, MO 64132; e-mail: DocSEE22@aol.com



Chest. 2002;121(3):674-677. doi:10.1378/chest.121.3.674
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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has in recent years assumed a somewhat more notorious prominence in the lay press and in the medical literature. With a prevalence of 2 to 4% in the United States,1 where the predisposing factor of obesity is epidemic,23 OSA can no longer be regarded as limited to the overweight hypercapneic or morbidly sleepy patient. Moreover, epidemiologic studies have demonstrated an independent relationship between OSA and cardiovascular disease,45 OSA and cerebrovascular disease,67 and indeed a dose-response relationship with hypertension.8 OSA, therefore, is now recognized as having far-reaching implications on cardiovascular health as well as on the quality of life of an increasingly large and diverse population.

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