OSA treatment improves blood pressure in men

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

DARIEN, Ill. – A new study suggests that treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) could reduce blood pressure in men with hypertension. The study, which recently appeared in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, examined the effectiveness of CPAP treatment on high blood pressure and diabetes control in 221 men with preexisting hypertension or Type 2 diabetes and a new diagnosis of OSA. Results showed that both systolic and diastolic blood pressure decreased significantly with CPAP treatment at both the first follow-up (three to six months after initiation) and the second follow-up (nine to 13 months later). “All types of patients may benefit from this treatment, even those with other chronic medical conditions,” stated Bharati Prasad, the study’s principal investigator in a press release. “It’s important to now do a prospective study enrolling different types of patients with sleep apnea.”