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April 12, 2000

Is Untreated Sleep Apnea a Contributing Factor for Chronic Hypertension?

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center and School of Medicine, and Department of Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver.

JAMA. 2000;283(14):1880-1881. doi:10.1001/jama.283.14.1880

Obstructive sleep apnea is the intermittent interruption of airflow through the nose and mouth that occurs during sleep and is considered present when individuals have more than 5 apneic episodes per hour of sleep.1 Data from a cross-sectional population-based study2 suggest that sleep-disordered breathing occurs in approximately 10% of randomly selected women and in 25% of men, many of whom appear to be asymptomatic and unaware of their breathing abnormality during sleep.

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