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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