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Increased risk of heart failure in women with symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing

Ljunggren, M., Byberg, L., Theorell-Haglow, J., Lindahl, B., Michaelsson, K., Lindberg, E.

Sleep Medicine 17 (2016) 32–37.

PMID: 26847971


        An association between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and the incidence of heart failure (HF) has been reported in men but not in women. The population-based cohort study Sleep and Health in Women (n=5990 women) was used from April 2000 to December 2011. Among women with both snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness at baseline, 5.3% developed HF. Even after adjusting for age, menopausal, depressive symptoms, smoking, waist circumference and others potential confounders, women with the combination of snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness had twofold increase in the risk of incident HF (HR: 2.2; 95% CI: 1.1-4.4).

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