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Silent Bedpartners : Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Hypertension, 6 Years Later

Nancy A. Collop, MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: Jackson, MS
 ,  Dr. Collop is Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center and the C.V. “Sonny” Montgomery VA Medical Center.

Correspondence to: Nancy Collop, MD, FCCP, Division of Pulmonary/Critical Care, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 N State St, Jackson, MS 39216; e-mail: ncollop@aol.com



Chest. 2002;122(4):1111-1112. doi:10.1378/chest.122.4.1111
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In 1996, I wrote an editorial discussing the relationship between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and hypertension.1 In that issue of CHEST, Coy et al2 presented data supporting the link between these two common disorders. They examined patients with OSA to determine if the severity of OSA as defined by the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) was correlated with the presence of hypertension. Indeed, AHI was correlated with an elevated diastolic BP, independent of body mass index and age.

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