Higher risk of death, CHD and stroke in OSA patients
Jun 18, 2015


A recent study published in the journal Thorax shows that OSA may increase the risk of death, heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. This study is headed by Miklos Z. Molnar, MD, PhD,of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, and colleagues.
Following results are depend on the data from more than 3 million U.S. veterans.

  • Mortality risk is 86% higher in untreated OSA patients and 35% higher in untreated OSA patients compared with OSA-negative patients. 
  • Untreated and treated OSA patients are associated with more than 3 times higher risk of incident coronary heart disease (CHD).
  • The risk of incident strokes is 3.5-fold higher in both untreated and treated OSA. 
  • Untreated and treated OSA patients also suffer with significantly higher risk of incident kidney disease.

Reference: Untreated Sleep Apnea Boosts Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke
Reference: Association of incident obstructive sleep apnoea with outcomes in a large cohort of US veterans