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CPAP improves resistant hypertension in patients with obstructive sleep apnea

from Family Practice News

For patients who have resistant hypertension and obstructive sleep apnea, 3 months of treatment with continuous positive airway pressure significantly reduces mean and diastolic blood pressure and improves the nocturnal blood pressure pattern, according to a report published online Dec. 10 in JAMA. "Obstructive sleep apnea is highly prevalent in patients with resistant hypertension, regardless of other confounding variables such as the presence of obesity, thus suggesting this subgroup of hypertensive patients is a potential worthwhile population for CPAP treatment," researchers said. more

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