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Screening for obstructive sleep apnea among patients undergoing coronary catheterization in Jordan

Authors Jarrah MI, Yassin AM, Ibdah RK, Ibnian AM, Eyadeh AA, Khassawneh BY

Received 29 January 2019

Accepted for publication 11 April 2019

Published 1 May 2019 Volume 2019:15 Pages 109—113

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/VHRM.S203307

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Daniel Duprez


Mohamad I Jarrah,1 Ahmed M Yassin,2 Rasheed K Ibdah,1 Ali M Ibnian,1 Ahmad A Eyadeh,1 Basheer Y Khassawneh1

1Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan; 2Department of Neuro sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan

Aims: This study aimed to utilize a validated sleep questionnaire as a screening tool for symptoms and risk of obstructive sleep apnea in patients undergoing coronary catheterization in Jordan.
Materials and methods: A cross-sectional design was used to screen adult patients undergoing coronary catheterization for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The Berlin sleep questionnaire was used to record nocturnal and daytime symptoms of OSA and to stratify patients into “low-risk” or “high-risk” for OSA. Coronary artery disease was defined as ≥50% intraluminal stenosis in at least one coronary vessel.
Results: A total of 398 patients were studied, mean age was 58.7 years (SD=10.70), ranging from 21–92 years, and 68.6% were males. Based on the Berlin sleep questionnaire’s definition, 176 patients (44.2%) were at high-risk for obstructive sleep apnea. Snoring was reported by 61%; loud in 42.1%, and frequent in 62%. Daytime sleepiness was reported by 36%, and 18.9% had fallen asleep while driving. Witnessed apnea during sleep was less reported (7.8%). Prevalence of symptoms and risk of OSA were not different between patients with and without coronary artery disease, P>0.05. In addition, logistic regression indicated that there was no significant association between risk of OSA and coronary artery disease, adjusted (odds ratio=0.93, 95% Confidence Interval=0.60–1.44, P=0.752).
Conclusions: Symptoms and risk of obstructive sleep apnea were common among adult Jordanians undergoing coronary catheterization. There was no association between risk of obstructive sleep apnea and coronary artery disease. Larger studies are needed to assess the role of screening for obstructive sleep apnea in this patient population.

Keywords: obstructive sleep apnea, coronary artery disease, snoring, screening, Berlin sleep questionnaire, coronary catheterization

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