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Medical News and Perspectives
December 10, 2003

Familial Link Seen in Obstructive Sleep Apnea

JAMA. 2003;290(22):2925-2926. doi:10.1001/jama.290.22.2925

An evolving understanding of the heritability of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and related disorders should help boost identification of patients at risk and offer opportunities for intervention. While the mostly commonly recognized risk factors for the condition include being male, overweight, and aged 40 years or older, it has become increasingly clear that a family history of the disorder is another red flag signaling heightened risk.

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