What is the prevalence of systemic hypertension in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Himanshu Wickramasinghe, MD, MBBS; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Systemic hypertension is observed in 50-70% of patients with OSA. Several large cross-sectional studies have demonstrated that OSA is a risk factor for developing hypertension, independent of obesity, age, alcohol intake, and smoking. [39, 88]


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