Update on obstructive sleep apnea and its relation to COPD
Brian Mieczkowski, Michael E Ezzie
Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH, USA
Abstract: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common and preventable lung disease that affects millions of people in the United States. Sleep disorders including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are also common. It is not surprising that many people with COPD also suffer from OSA. This relationship, however, puts people at risk for more nocturnal desaturations and potential complications related to this, including pulmonary hypertension and heart rhythm disturbances. This update focuses on the physiology of sleep disturbances in COPD as well as the clinical implications of OSA in COPD.
Keywords: sleep, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, nocturnal hypoxemia, obstructive sleep apnea
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