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Have the number of sleep apnea cases increased?

Steven C. Smart, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
We have noticed a dramatic increase in sleep apnea cases. Five years ago it was stated that between 5% and 10% of heart disease patients may have sleep apnea. Now the percentage may be as high as 45 to 55%. We are now finding the effects of sleep apnea on the heart commonly during screening stress tests. It is very important to screen for the combination of sleep apnea and heart disease because the risk of heart-related death may be eight times the normal population.

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