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Comment & Response
September 15, 2020

Benefits of Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Author Affiliations
  • 1INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Virginia
JAMA. 2020;324(11):1110. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.11848

To the Editor Drs Gottlieb and Punjabi, in their Review on obstructive sleep apnea (OSA),1 stated that “current evidence suggests that treatment does not reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, or metabolic abnormalities in asymptomatic patients.” Even though studies have failed to find a decrease in cardiovascular mortality in patients using continuous positive airway pressure (PAP), they have had significant methodological flaws, such as excluding patients with excessive sleepiness—precisely the patients who need continuous PAP therapy.2