What are the treatment recommendations severe sleep-disordered breathing (SDB)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Himanshu Wickramasinghe, MD, MBBS; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Patients with severe SDB (respiratory disturbance index [RDI] >20-30) should be treated irrespective of their symptoms because of the increased risk of cardiovascular morbidity. Patients with an RDI of 5-20 should be treated if they have symptoms or coexistent cardiovascular disease. Patients with UARS may need CPAP therapy.


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