Treating sleep apnea may ease high blood pressure too
Treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) could reduce blood pressure in men with hypertension, a new study led by an Indian-origin researcher has suggested.
"All types of patients may benefit from this treatment, even those with other chronic medical conditions," said Bharati Prasad, MD, MS, the study's principal investigator.
"It's important to now do a prospective study enrolling different types of patients with sleep apnea."
The study examined the effectiveness of obstructive sleep apnea treatment on high blood pressure and diabetes control in 221 men with preexisting hypertension or type 2 diabetes and a new diagnosis of OSA. Participants received positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy upon treatment initiation.
Results showed that both systolic and diastolic blood pressure decreased significantly with initiation of OSA treatment at both the first follow-up, 3-6 months after initiation, and the second follow-up, 9-12 months later.
The study will be published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.