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Editor's Correspondence
November 26, 2001

Screening for Sleep-Disordered Breathing

Arch Intern Med. 2001;161(21):2634-2635. doi:

We read with interest the article titled "Association of Hypertension and Sleep-Disordered Breathing [SDB]."1 The authors concluded that SDB should be considered an independent risk factor for hypertension.1 The converse may also be true, although screening for SDB on the basis of hypertension alone is not recommended.2 A retrospective review of our 27 patients with SDB who were treated with various levels of continuous positive airway pressure while sleeping revealed that 21 had the triad of hypertension, obesity (body mass index [BMI, weight in kilograms divided by the height in meters squared] >30), and dyslipoproteinemia.

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