Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease

Published: June 21, 2021

An African-American man wearing cpap mask while laying in bed.
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is widely under-diagnosed - 86 to 95% of individuals found in population surveys with clinically significant OSA report no prior OSA diagnosis.
  • Sleep disturbances are common and underdiagnosed among middle-aged and older adults and the prevalence varies by race/ethnicity, sex, and obesity status.
  • OSA is associated with reduced survival rates in epidemiological studies. Severe OSA is associated with an increased all-cause and cardiovascular mortality.