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CPAP Tops Oxygen for Sleep Apnea

Phend, Crystal. "CPAP Tops Oxygen for Sleep Apnea." MedPage Today. N.p., 11 Jun. 2014. Web. 18 Jun. 2014.

"To tackle the cardiovascular risks from obstructive sleep apnea, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) was better than giving oxygen at night, and adding a weight-loss strategy may be even better in some respects for obese patients.

CPAP cut 24-hour mean arterial blood pressure by 2.8 mmHg more than did supplemental oxygen at night (P=0.02) in a high-cardiovascular-risk population, Daniel J. Gottlieb, MD, MPH, of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and colleagues found in the HeartBEAT trial.

In a second trial of obese patients with elevated C-reative protein (CRP) levels, CPAP came out similar to a weight-loss intervention or the combination of the two for reducing the inflammatory marker.

But CPAP plus weight management brought down insulin resistance, triglycerides, and blood pressure best, Julio A. Chirinos, MD, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and colleagues reported."

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