Journal of Sleep Disorders & Therapy

Journal of Sleep Disorders & Therapy
Open Access

ISSN: 2167-0277

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Joseph Roland D Espiritu

Medical Director, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, SLUCare Sleep Disorders Center, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, USA

  • Review Article   
    Health Consequences of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
    Author(s): Joseph Roland D Espiritu*

    Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), in addition to causing hypersomnolence and fatigue, adversely affects virtually every organ system, resulting in adverse neurologic, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, gastrointestinal, obstetric, perinatal, perioperative, accident-related, and mortality-related health outcomes. Nocturnal respiratory dysfunction (i.e., hypoxemia-reoxygenation and hypercapnia), poor sleep quality (i.e., increased arousals, poor sleep efficiency, and altered sleep architecture), and intrathoracic pressure variations, in addition to shared comorbid risk factors, result in oxidative stress, inflammation, sympathetic activation, endothelial dysfunction, neurohormonal changes, thrombophilia, and hemodynamic changes, which are the pathophysiologic mechanisms for these adverse clinical outcomes... Read More»
    DOI: 10.35248/2167-0277.19.8.307.

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