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Clin Geriatr Med. 2005 Nov;21(4):701-12, vi.

Sleep apnea in the elderly.

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Pulmonary and Critical Care Division, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY 11794, USA.


Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common clinical condition associated with obesity. A high prevalence of sleep apnea exists in the elderly, presumably because of changes in oropharyngeal collapsibility. Elderly patients may be less likely to seek medical attention for this condition, because they are less likely to be symptomatic. Excessive daytime somnolence is a known consequence of untreated OSA, but adverse cardiovascular consequences, such as hypertension, arrhythmias, and congestive heart failure, are more serious in older patients. Continuous positive airway pressure therapy is the most effective treatment of OSA, although compliance remains an issue.

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